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AMAC Supports the Telehealth Expansion Act


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.

Bob Carlstrom
AMAC Action

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9 months ago

Personally, I’m not in favor of this ‘choice’;

  1. You need a ‘smartphone’ (an oxymoron) or some other ‘communication device’;
  2. Don’t care how ‘convenient’ it is, a medical professional cannot observe the minute details that is absolutely necessary (especially in older people) that would be detected in an in-office visit;
  3. Another reason to abdicate the medical profession’s so-called ‘Hippocratic Oath’ (which is starting to look more and more like ‘Hypocritic Oath’)

Both my insurance company and medical provider have been trying to steer me in that direction. Why? The cost is the same – still billed the same. Big deal…

My last visit allowed me to be able to look my NP in the eye and talk to her, she had to pay attention to me! I had a concern that needed a visual and she could follow along, she saw what I was talking about, in full color and no glare to spoil the view (which is important to me especially with my background of communications – I know what the limitations of a television lens are, even though I’ve worked with lens valued at tens of thousands of dollars, I’m here to tell you, God’s design is still far superior – never mind the quality of what passes for a ‘lens’ in the junk available today).

If getting to a medical facility is the problem, then it’s time for family to step up and make sure their relation gets there. I make sure my mother gets to where she needs to go (I’m not a biologist, but I’m pretty confident that I can define what a woman is). My mother is that important!

7 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Dave, your comment is right on target, not all Senior are adapt to computer/Smartphone. This will only make it worse for Seniors. Physical presence diagnoses is much better.AMAC IS WRONG TO DETERMINE THIS. Throwing the Seniors under the bus. Your in the camp of the established, the Big Pharma!!!!!!!!!!!!This could lead to total corruption.I hope this does not pass!!

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