Valdez Bill to Improve Access to Health Care in Rural Colorado Advances

(Feb. 13) – A bipartisan bill by Rep. Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, to improve  telehealth operations in Colorado earned final approval from the House on  a 62-2 vote.

“Telehealth is an important option for folks in rural Colorado and this  bill helps bring Colorado into the twenty-first century,” said Rep. Donald Valdez. “I brought this bill forward because I know people in southern Colorado who want to be able to use their smart phone to visit with their doctor, but also want to know that they will be able to visit their doctor
in person when needed.”

HB17-1094, also sponsored by Rep. Perry Buck, R- Windsor, makes several modifications to existing statute on telehealth to ensure that telehealth medicine can remain a viable option for Coloradans in rural parts of the  state and that the availability of telehealth does not limit the  availability of in-person visits with local health care providers.

The bill now proceeds to the Senate.

Leave a Reply