September 23, 2018
House Professional Licensure
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Re: Senate Bill 780
On behalf of the 4,500 elected officials who govern the Commonwealth’s public school districts, we are writing to request your support of Senate Bill 780 Sponsored by Senator Elder Vogel to be considered by the House Professional Licensure committee on Monday at noon. This legislation defines the role of telemedicine in ensuring Pennsylvanians receive the right care, at the right place, at the right time and potentially at public school.
Some public schools in Pennsylvania have begun to utilize telemedicine to assist students. While the use of this technology is in the early stage it would be far better to foster its growth through clear direction and guidelines from the State. Senate Bill 780 defines telemedicine, protects students by outlining who can provide health care services through telemedicine and helps cover the cost of telemedicine services via insurers. These key guidelines can allow school districts to grow the use of this innovative service and potentially reduce costs and assist students.
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a nonprofit statewide association representing the 4,500 elected officials who govern the Commonwealth’s public school districts. PSBA is a membership-driven organization, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for public schools and working to support reform for the betterment of public education that prepares students to be productive citizens, and promote the achievements of public schools, students, and local school boards.
We would like to thank Senator Vogel for his work on this issue and Chairman Mustio for considering this bill in the House Professional Licensure Committee. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at (717) 506-2450 x3337.
John M. Callahan, Chief Advocacy Office