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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

How Health Care Bill Could Hurt a Program Beloved in Trump Country

Jul 3, 2017
In The News

One of the unintended effects of the Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill would be to slash money that pays for a project popular among Republicans — using long-distance video hookups called telemedicine to connect sick kids in rural schools to big-city medical experts…. In poor and rural areas, the school nurse is not just handing out bandages anymore; she’s become a de facto medical guide, marshaling medical care for poor kids with obesity, asthma and diabetes, while on the lookout for issues like child abuse and teen pregnancy…. Public schools in Howard County, Maryland, introduced telemedicine in 2014 and have since expanded its use to six elementary schools. The program’s success caught the eye of Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) who has sponsored the Hallways to Health Act (H.R. 1027), which would create a demonstration program for school-based telemedicine programs nationally.