Updated: Dec 14, 2020
This blog was updated on December 14 to reflect LGBT Tech's support of the Advancing America’s Interests Act of 2020, H.R. 8037.
The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many cities and states to revert to strict social-distancing measures in an effort to once again slow the spread of the virus. As such, now more than ever, it is critical to ensure access to vital telehealth services for vulnerable Americans, including members of the LGBTQ community, particularly the elderly, veterans, and those living in rural communities.
In an effort to bring light to this important issue, on Wednesday, LGBT Tech’s Chris Wood took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Health Innovation Alliance to discuss the increased need to make telehealth services as widespread and available as possible in order to keep underserved communities connected to the care and support they need, and to address the overall barriers that are in place that prevent universal adoption of this important service.
While we should celebrate the fact that more than seventy percent of health care providers nationwide offer telehealth services, that does little good when so many in our country still lack basic access to the high-speed broadband networks required to fully realize the potential that telemedicine has to offer.