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Getting health care in rural Idaho areas could become easier

Posted: 12:43 PM, Jan 30, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-30 14:43:25-05

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho residents in rural areas would have easier access to healthcare -- under proposed legislation that moved to the full House on Thursday.

The House Health and Welfare Committee approved the legislation that deletes a requirement that two-way audio and visual be used.

Backers say the legislation will allow residents in rural areas with poor cellphone and internet service to more easily communicate with doctors using e-mail and other methods.

Those opposed say the new system does not create enough of a patient-doctor relationship to provide good medical care.