Marsha Blackburn Advocates for Telehealth to Help Rural Americans


U.S. Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee reportedly wants reforms that would expand people’s access to telehealth and thus protect them from the coronavirus.

This, according to, which said Blackburn is “one of the leaders in Congress advocating for increased access to telemedicine.”

The website also said telemedicine would help rural Americans.

“The Tennessee senator has pushed for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to issue waivers that would expand the use of telemedicine for Medicaid and Medicare,” the website reported.

Breitbart, quoting CMS administrator Seema Verma, a member of Trump’s coronavirus response team, said “these changes allow seniors to communicate with their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility so that they can limit risk of exposure and spread of this virus. Clinicians on the frontlines will now have greater flexibility to safely treat our beneficiaries.”

The telehealth expansion, the website went on to report, “decreases the need for vulnerable populations — such as older Americans and those with preexisting conditions — to come into doctors’ offices and hospitals. The reform also would allow for crowded hospitals and emergency rooms to better handle the coronavirus outbreak.”

This is not the only initiative Blackburn is working on.

As reported last week, Marsha Blackburn and U.S. Democratic Sen. Bob Menéndez of New Jersey introduced the Securing America’s Medicine Cabinet Act, which they said will increase American manufacturing of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients.

The two senators, in a press release, said these APIs are “the building blocks of prescription drugs.”

Currently, only 28 percent of API-producing facilities are in the United States. The number of Chinese facilities has more than doubled since 2010, the two senators said in their press release.

“When confronted with a serious challenge such as the coronavirus, it is important to take stock, look at lessons learned and build upon them in order to respond better the next time,” Blackburn said.

“Currently, we are too reliant on foreign manufacturing of critical APIs. The SAM-C Act is one step on the right path to strengthen our drug supply chain.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Background Photo “Marsha Blackburn” by Marsha Blackburn.








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  1. CCW

    Thank you Senator Blackburn.
    I agree that telemedicine is an idea whose time has come. The well equipped home should have a “smart medicine cabinet” equipped with the worlds finest health diagnostic equipment. If you are feeling bad, stick you hand in the cabinet. It will conduct several tests like SpO2, electrocardiogram, BP, Temperature, Insulin and other blood chemicals, stand-on scale weight, ask several questions, look at eye, ear, nose, throat, make photographs, etc. Out the back a 5G data line will report back to a remote host computer with the latest Artificial Intelligence to assess the data you have given, and narrow focus with more questions for the participant. A preliminary diagnosis will be made almost instanteously.
    ER’s have some of this diagnostic equipment under development now, to assist in initial triage.