Wicker, Schatz Telehealth Resolution Passes Through Senate

Resolution Will Help More Americans Learn About Accessing Care Through Telehealth

September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON – Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution authored by U.S.  Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Senator Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, designating September 18-24 as “Telehealth Awareness Week.” The resolution recognized that telehealth has helped millions of people access quality health care, and has become a critical component of health care delivery.

 “Telehealth has increasingly become essential to delivering quality health care to all Americans,” Wicker said. “This resolution honors the great progress that has been made, and it sends a strong signal that Congress is committed to making these services more accessible to communities across the country.”

“Telehealth helps people get quality health care safely and when they need it, and our resolution is a way for Congress to show bipartisan support for and make more people aware of these important services,” said Senator Schatz.

The resolution recognized the bipartisan support in Congress for telehealth and encouraged expanded access to telehealth services for all people, including members of rural and underserved communities. It noted that more than 28 million Medicare beneficiaries used telehealth services during the first year of the pandemic, an increase of 88 percent. It concluded that “Telehealth Awareness Week” will unite the efforts of patients, caregivers, health care providers, policymakers, and other stakeholders to advance the role of telehealth in health care.

The resolution was cosponsored by U.S. Senators  Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss, Ben Cardin, D-Md., John Thune, R-S.D., and Mark Warner, D-Va.

The full text of the resolution is available here.