Lindauer's bill expanding telehealth access passes the House

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, February 18, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 18, 2021) – The Indiana House of Representatives voted to advance State Rep. Shane Lindauer's (R-Jasper) legislation that would make health care more accessible by expanding telehealth options.

Lindauer, author of the bill, said this proposal would cut red tape to allow providers to see patients virtually for certain conditions. In the spring of 2020, Gov. Eric Holcomb issued an executive order allowing more health care workers, such as dentists and veterinarians, to utilize telehealth services to help Hoosiers take care of their medical needs. According to Lindauer, his legislation would make some of those temporary changes permanent.

"Technology has changed how we go about our day, and during the pandemic, we saw telehealth services were extremely helpful for Hoosiers across the state," Lindauer said. "Making these temporary changes permanent can ensure more individuals and families can access medical advice and take care of their health."

According to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, more Hoosiers are showing up for their appointments because they can see their doctor virtually. The agency reported roughly 350,000 telehealth claims in first half of 2020, in comparison to the 76,000 claims it saw in 2019.

House Bill 1286 would allow Hoosiers to receive health assessments, diagnoses, intervention, consultations, supervision, clinical services, rehabilitations services and information through telecommunication channels. It would also ensure patients' quality of service remains the same as in-person appointments.

Visit iga.in.gov for more information on House Bill 1286. This legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

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State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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