National and Local Organizations Laud Passage of Thompson-Sponsored Military Transition Support Amendment

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Defense Leaders, Healthcare Experts, Local Medical Community Laud Thompson-Sponsored Law Expanding Military Transition Support through Telemedicine

What They Are Saying:

  • General Pete Chiarelli (Ret.), former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, now the CEO of ONE MIND™: "I am really pleased to see that Representative Thompson's amendment has been passed by Congress," said Chiarelli.  He added: "Telemedicine is a critical component of modern health care and it is essential that service members be able to use it during the transition to civilian life, particularly for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury."
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC): "The Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) amendment recently passed by Congress highlights the important strides that have been made in expanding access to clinical and psychiatric care to our most deserving military and veteran patients,” stated Dr. Steven D. Shapiro, MD, Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for UPMC.  “Using UPMC’s advanced telemedicine capabilities, we look forward to continuing to provide convenient, world-class care to our nation's service members. We salute them and commend Rep. Thompson for this important health care initiative."
  • American Telemedicine Association (ATA): “ATA applauds Rep. Thompson’s tireless efforts to improve healthcare for present and past Americans in the military using telemedicine technology,” said Jonathan D. Linkous, chief executive officer of the American Telemedicine Association.
  • Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law: “We commend Rep. Thompson for his leadership in working to streamline the delivery of telemedicine within DoD,” said Greg Billings, Executive Director of The Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law. “The STEP Act and TAMP extension is a significant improvement to delivering quality and necessary care to our military members in need services provided by specialists.”

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  • Tele-Mental Health Institute: Bill Passed for Expanded Military PTSD Coverage:  "Barriers to telehealth are falling with increasing regularity. In last week’s victory, part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and similar long-term disorders will be treated after usual benefits expire...“Under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP), service members transitioning into civilian life receive 180 days of health insurance coverage. The new bill would cover an additional 180 days for health services provided through telemedicine.” The new bill was proposed and ushered into passage by Glenn “GT” Thompson, (R-Pa.) Thompson previously pushed through the 2011 STEP Act, the landmark bill that allowed Defense healthcare providers to legally practice across state lines…” (Tele-Mental Health Institute, 1/6/2014)
  • American Telemedicine Association: Telemedicine Coverage Extended for Military-to-Civilian Transitions: “Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA) included a provision to the bill which extends coverage by 180 more days for all services rendered through telemedicine. The provision’s primary intent is to serve individuals with post-traumatic stress, which often does not present symptoms within 6 months. Rep. Thompson was successful two years ago in allowing individuals needing U.S Department of Defense Department healthcare to be treated by any  health professional licensed in any state, and is now the lead Republican on H.R. 2001 to do the same for veterans’ interstate health care.” (American Telemedicine Association, 1/7/2014)
  • m-Health News: Bill Extends Telemedicine Coverage:  “Many service members across the nation are celebrating, with the news of the telemedicine coverage bill that passed last week…The bill ensures that service members do not have the added burden of needing health insurance coverage when they need it most. The bill was pushed through by Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-Pa)—who is also the same representative who pushed through the 2011 STEP Act allowing Defense healthcare providers to provide their invaluable services across stateliness..." (m-Health News, 1/13/2014)
  • FierceHealthIT: Bill for expanded military telemedicine coverage passed: “Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson (R-Pa.), pushed the bill aimed at increasing services for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "All too often, symptoms related to Post Traumatic Stress do not appear until eight to ten months after deployment," Thompson said in a statement. "This reform will help those who serve our country transition to civilian life without the burden or fear of losing access to critical services at a time when they are needed most...” (FierceHealthIT, 1/3/2014)