HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill that promotes telemedicine as a way to overcome barriers to quality patient care created by distance. Senate Bill 705 defines “telemedicine” as “the delivery of health care services provided through technology to a patient by a health care practitioner who is at a different location and allows anyone with a medical license or otherwise regulated by PA law to provide telemedicine services. Bill sponsor, Beaver County Sen. Elder Vogel says his bill it will provide cost savings on the cost of health care. The bill also requires a health insurance policy to provide coverage for medically necessary telemedicine delivered by a provider who delivers a covered service consistent with the insurer’s medical policies. The legislation prohibits a health insurance policy from excluding a health care service for coverage solely because the service is provided through telemedicine. The bill now heads to the state House.