(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), November 20, 2014 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) has been recognized by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee for his outstanding support in providing healthcare services to children and adults in the state’s rural communities. Overbey received the group’s “Legislator of the Year” award at their annual meeting in Pigeon Forge today, principally for his sponsorship of legislation calling for equitable telemedicine reimbursement.
Telemedicine is the delivery of health care services to patients in remote sites by using electronic information and telecommunications technology to connect providers to patients who need them. The new law calls for telehealth services to be reimbursed by insurance entities in the state, thus making the cost-saving benefits of telemedicine more widely available, especially to rural citizens in remote areas.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Senator Overbey. “It is very important that patients have access to treatment in rural communities in our state. I look forward to continuing to work with the Rural Health Association to bring quality healthcare to Tennesseans in rural areas of our state.”
The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is the only group in the state that specifically and exclusively focuses on rural citizens.