GOP’s Healthy Future Task Force Under Vern Buchanan, Brett Guthrie Turns Its Attention to Technology

This week, the GOP’s Healthy Future Task Force and its Modernization  Subcommittee offered “solutions to harness technological innovations to improve Americans’ lives and save taxpayer dollars.”
U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., and Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., lead the task force while U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, leads the subcommittee. U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., and Mike Kelly, R-Penn., helped Miller-Meeks craft the proposals.
“Instead of a government-run, socialized system that would destroy medical innovation, we need to modernize and personalize health care in America to improve people’s lives and lower their costs. We commend Representatives Miller-Meeks, Griffith, and Kelly for their work with us on the Healthy Future Task Force to put forward solutions to advance telehealth and expand access to patient-centered technologies. These solutions also aim to improve our nation’s fiscal health by cracking down on taxpayer dollars wasted on improper payments in government health care programs. These proposals to modernize our health care system build upon the Healthy Future Task Force’s work to better serve all patients and help them live healthier and longer lives,” said Buchanan and Guthrie in a joint statement.
The proposals include the following:
Safeguard and maintain expanded telehealth access after the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration expires.
Crack down on waste, fraud and abuse by incentivizing states to go after improper payments and utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
Expand access to innovative, patient-centered technologies to improve patients’ well-being.
At a roundtable event held at the end of April, Buchanan said, “The Healthy Future Task Force is focused on developing policies that will offer more choices, lower costs, peace of mind, and hope by investing in developing new cures for life-threatening diseases that destroy families.”
Kevin Derby
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