Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) introduced the Telemedicine bill today. Senate Bill 118, the Telemedicine Act, will require insurance companies and Medicaid to cover telemedicine services.  Telemedicine as defined in the bill is a medical service delivered by a physician through the use of any communication, including oral, written or electronic communication.

Senator Tavares was the first legislator to introduce telemedicine legislation in the State of Ohio in the 129th General Assembly.

“I have and will continue to work with stakeholders and interested parties to ensure that we are expanding access, peer support and effective culturally proficient care to all Ohioans,” stated Tavares. This legislation will enable us to expand care while we continue to build our healthcare workforce in the coming months.”

Telemedicine is a viable additional tool that can potentially aid in reducing cost and increasing the quality and quantity of care. This legislation is supported by Akron Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Columbus Neighborhood Health Center Inc., William T. Johnson who is the Chairman of Medical Transportation Options Telemedicine Network.

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Join me in spreading the word about “mental health” throughout the month of May so that your friends, family, and community can get the support and education that they need.

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