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Lawmakers look into more expansions for telehealth

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Mary Eineman

A bill moving through the Florida legislature would let patients renew their medical marijuana certifications through a telehealth appointment. Rep. Spencer Roach (R-North Fort Myers) is sponsoring the bill in his chamber.

“If you change doctors, you still have to go back in-person for a new initial examination before you can be certified to use this medicine and only then can you get an authorization from telemedicine," Roach said.

Lawmakers are also considering a bill that would let genetic counselors practice telemedicine. Amy Jonasson is a pediatric genetic counselor and says often her patients must make long trips to appointments.

"Our patients range from Orlando all the way up to Pensacola, so saving families a 12 to 13 hour drive just to see us for a visit would be incredibly helpful," Jonasson said.

Following the coronavirus pandemic lawmakers have passed several laws aimed at expanding access to care through telehealth.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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