AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Mental Health Care Policy Fellow Kate Murphy testified yesterday before the Texas House Public Health Committee on telemedicine interim charges.

“Texas has one of the strictest regulatory schemes for telemedicine in the country,” said Murphy. “This needs to change. Telemedicine is a growing sector of the health care system that increases access to care and lowers medical costs. Texas should be at the forefront of telemedicine expansion, not lagging behind because of onerous and outdated regulations.

“As the Public Health Committee considers its interim charge regarding the delivery of health care in Texas through telemedicine, lawmakers should look for ways to prevent regulations that limit competition and innovation. In addition, the committee should consider what changes at the Texas Medical Board might be undertaken during the current Sunset review process.”
 
To request an interview with Ms. Murphy, please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or (512) 472-2700.

Kate E. Murphy is a Mental Health Policy Fellow contributing to the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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