ERIC Supports Michigan Senate Bill 753 on Telehealth

February 16, 2016

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Kelly Broadway, 202.627.1918, kbroadway@eric.org

For Immediate Release

ERIC Supports Michigan Senate Bill 753 on Telehealth

WASHINGTON – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted testimony to the Michigan Senate Committee on Health Policy, supporting Senate Bill 753 (S. 753). ERIC represents the country’s largest employers on their benefit and compensation interests, including many members with employees and retirees in Michigan.

“ERIC believes Senate Bill 753 strikes the right balance of flexibility needed to maximize the benefits of telehealth, while maintaining a high standard of health care,” said Annette Guarisco Fildes, president and CEO, ERIC. “Most importantly, the bill allows Michiganders faster, easier access to health care.”

ERIC advocates for barrier-free access to telehealth and applauds the technology-neutral definition of telehealth in S. 753, allowing for different types of technology to be used during telehealth visits.

ERIC is pleased that S. 753 considers the needs of patients who use telehealth, while recognizing that providers must maintain a high standard of care. ERIC believes that the standards governing in-person visits, to ensure patient safety and quality care, should also apply to telehealth visits. ERIC also appreciates the bill acknowledging a provider’s ability to exercise professional judgment to determine the most appropriate treatment for patients on a case-by-case basis.

To read ERIC’s testimony in its entirety, click here.

You can learn more about ERIC’s telehealth initiative here.

About The ERISA Industry Committee
The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is the only national trade association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of the country's largest employers. ERIC supports the ability of its large employer members to tailor health, retirement and compensation benefits for millions of employees, retirees and their families. Learn more at eric.org.