National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

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September 19, 2012

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Hispanic Legislators Promote Development of Tele-Health

Washington, D.C. –The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators approved a resolution to educate federal and state policy makers on how creating a workable framework for tele-health programs within the Medicare program can benefit the elderly and communities of color.  

Over 50 million Americans lack access to primary care services due to doctor and provider shortages at local practices, community health centers, and hospitals. In extremely rural areas, patients must travel distances over an hour to receive treatment from their health care providers and in some cases are frequently treated by different doctors. Lack of proper treatment or unfamiliar doctors can potentially lead to further health risks. Tele-health could allow for patients to maintain a relationship with their doctor, even when they are far apart.

“Improving the overall well being of Americans is something that we as legislators are passionate about,” said Representative Minnie Gonzalez (CT), President of NHCSL. “Developing new technology options for health care services has the potential to help Latino households and elderly to receive the necessary health services they deserve.”

“There is a growing healthcare disparities gap between the Hispanic community and the general U.S. population,” said Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon (IN).  “"I believe that this resolution promotes much needed innovation in the health care sector. It gives patients and medical professionals the ability to communicate more effectively, which will result in healthier communities."


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