U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, hosted a hearing on May 5 to hear testimony on telehealth use in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives in the public and private sector discussed increasing access to healthcare, improving health outcomes, and lowering costs for veterans, specifically through telemedicine programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Moran, who is Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veteran’s Affairs and Related Agencies, said telehealth is important for the care of rural veterans.
“Through telehealth, the Department has the means and flexibility to provide care to veterans who do not have easy access to a VA hospital or access to a VA hospital staffed with the care they need,” said Moran.
Moran spoke on behalf of rural veterans and their need for increased access to quality, flexible healthcare, particularly for those in remote locations like rural Kansas. The fiscal needs for modern information technology infrastructure and platforms were also discussed as the VA was awarded a $258 million Home Telehealth contract earlier this year.
“I look forward today to hearing VA’s plan to increase such care in the places that need it most, and I want to hear from those in and outside of the Department about ways we, Congress, can support and further expand the use of this life-changing, and in some cases, life-saving care,” said Moran.