Fischer, Smith Praise Trump For Rural Telehealth Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine and 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith of Gering, both Republicans, are praising President Trump’s executive order expanding rural telehealth services.

      The order creates new ways of financing for rural health and extends emergency telehealth waivers previously limited to only the COVID-19 public health emergency.

      Fischer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, says the president “has taken an important step toward ensuring that rural Americans can continue to access quality health care during this pandemic and into the future.”

      She points out that she’s a long-time advocate of telehealth services and that the coronavirus outbreak had made it clear how important telehealth is for keeping Nebraskans safe and healthy

       Smith, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, calls the executive order “another great step in the right direction for rural health care (that) could not come at a more crucial time.”

      Smith says the challenges of rural health care predate the pandemic and that technologies such as telehealth can provide access to high quality, affordable, and available heath care for rural Americans now and in the future.