Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) is among a growing chorus of U.S. senators that has called for greater federal investment in telehealth technologies and regulatory changes that can help improve access to vital healthcare services for people, especially the elderly, in rural states.

‎”Today, regulatory uncertainty and a patchwork of inconsistent reimbursement rules and rates hampers the implementation of telemedicine and its great potential to improve the delivery of health care in rural areas,” said King in a written statement. “Modernizing payment models and federal programs to align with improvements in high speed Internet and the development of related technologies would bring greater efficiency to the health care system and promote the growth of telemedicine.”

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