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February 21, 2019
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GUILLEN WORKS TO EXTEND MEDICAID COVERAGE FOR CHILDREN WITH COMPLEX MEDICAL NEEDS
AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) filed a bill Wednesday to extend Medicaid coverage of home telemonitoring services to certain pediatric patients with chronic or complex medical needs.
"There are very tight restrictions on who can qualify for telemonitoring services under Medicaid," said Guillen. "This excludes a lot of people who are in need of these services, particularly children."
Home telemonitoring services allow physicians to remotely monitor patients' health data. Telemonitoring can reduce patient travel time, time off of work, and overall costs. Moreover, studies have demonstrated better health status of patients monitored remotely compared to usual care. Currently, home telemonitoring services are only offered for specific cardiovascular diseases, asthma, pregnancy, and diabetes. However, children with severe organ diseases, asthma, or a donor organ are not covered by Medicaid, incurring prohibitive costs and putting them in danger. HB 1738 would allow Medicaid to include telemonitoring of children with those medical conditions.
"Anything that can be done to reduce the financial, emotional, and physical burden on children with serious medical conditions should be done," added Guillen. "This bill is a step in the right direction to relieve those burdens."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen