AMAC supports making the telehealth options that were expanded during the pandemic be made permanent because of the benefits these choices provide seniors.
April 6, 2022
The Honorable Michelle Steel
California’s 48th Congressional District
1113 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Susie Lee
Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District
365 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congresswomen Steel and Lee,
On behalf of the 2.3 million members of the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC),
I write in support of your legislation, the Telehealth Expansion Act, H.R. 5981. This legislation
will allow seniors to save time and money while ensuring their long-term health.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the expansion of telehealth options became a critical resource
for our members as an organization representing adults aged 50 plus. During the midst of
uncertain world events, many seniors found themselves canceling important in-person doctor
appointments that served to diagnose or prevent disease. The telehealth options made available
during the pandemic helped provide seniors the opportunity to stay committed to their health,
while feeling safe within their homes. These services have not only been convenient for our
members, but also cost-effective.
Unfortunately, the telehealth services included in the CARES Act and extension package are set
to expire in 2022. This would revoke the accessible option of telehealth services. This would be a
disservice to the millions of Americans with high deductible health plans (HDHP) and health
savings accounts (HSA). Passage of the Telehealth Expansion Act would permanently allow
coverage of telehealth for individuals with HDHP and HSA’s.
AMAC supports the bipartisan efforts in the Telehealth Expansion Act. Telehealth is effective
and safe and should be an option for all Americans into the future. The expansion of telehealth
has become the new normal our members have become accustomed to and are confident in
using. We appreciate the timely introduction of H.R. 5981.