The military currently uses telemedicine to expand access to care for our service members.
Telemedicine continues to be a top priority of mine this session. It is essential that getting the care you need is easier, so long as it doesn’t compromise the quality of care.
Here in Washington, we do a good job making good patients, but we need to do a better job making patients well.
Right now, you have the right to participate in a consultation with your doctor via telephone or online, provided that your physician or medical care facility offers that option. You can conduct these sessions from anywhere you are comfortable, such as from your own home.
Why is this important?
The 2nd Legislative District does not have a hospital and many specialists are quite a drive away. Not only can this be inconvenient, it can prevent people from seeking the care they need.
Maybe they can’t afford the gas or they don’t have reliable transportation. Maybe they have mobility issues. Maybe they suffer from mental illness and it’s difficult for them to leave home. Maybe they can’t leave work but have the ability to consult with their doctor on their lunch break.
The future of health care, and in making health care more affordable, is to expand the use of telemedicine. The military already uses it and has seen great results in obtaining care for service members who are in areas where care they need is otherwise unavailable.
I am sponsoring four telemedicine bills this session. These bills are designed to encourage providers to provide telemedicine services. Read more about them here.
Senate Bill 5457
Senate Bill 5636
Senate Bill 6163
Senate Bill 6399
The Senate honored fallen Deputy Daniel McCartney this week with Senate Resolution 8684. Praise and prayers for Daniel and condolences for his family were shared from both sides of the aisle. Thank you to Daniel’s wife Cierra and his family for allowing us to share our grief with them.
WHEREAS, Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney bravely served the people of Pierce County for three years; and
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney passed away on January 8th from injuries sustained while responding to a call on duty; and
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney graduated from Loyalton High School in 2002; and
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an Electronics Technician 2nd Class (E-5) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from 2004-2008; and
WHEREAS, During his time in the Navy, Petty Officer Second Class McCartney was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, The NATO Medal, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, and was twice awarded the Sea Services Deployment Ribbon; and
WHEREAS, After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Deputy McCartney served with the Hoquiam Police Department for six years;
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney then transferred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 2014; and
WHEREAS, On January 8th, our community lost a husband, son, father, coach, veteran, police officer, and hero; and
SENATE RESOLUTION 8684 By Senators Conway, Becker, Zeiger, Kuderer, Darneille, Liias, Frockt, Miloscia, Chase, Cleveland, Mullet, Hasegawa, Nelson, Sheldon, Braun, Billig, Ranker, Takko, Dhingra, Hunt, Saldaña, Keiser, Pedersen, Rolfes, Hobbs, Wellman, McCoy, Fain, Angel, Bailey, Baumgartner, Brown, Carlyle, Ericksen, Fortunato, Hawkins, Honeyford, King, O’Ban, Padden, Palumbo, Rivers, Schoesler, Short, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Walsh, Warnick, and Wilson
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney’s spirit of service will continue through the lives he impacted as well as those he touched throughout the community; and
WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney is survived by his wife and three sons, with whom we now mourn;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate express profound appreciation and enduring gratitude to Deputy McCartney and the brave men and women that protect our state every day as law enforcement officers.