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Issa, California GOP Fight for California Veteran Telehealth Services

April 10, 2021

 

In a letter to Marybel Batjer, President of the California Public Utilities Commission, the Members demanded that the Commission stop the implementation of Section 3101(a)(6) of the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018, because it would deny veterans in the State access to health care. 

Telehealth provided through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Video Connect application has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and VA’s partnerships with AT&T, TracFone, T-Mobile, and Verizon have helped increase video telehealth usage to over 40,000 daily appointments. The passage of the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018 should not invalidate these partnerships, and we have long warned that net neutrality mandates could have these types of impacts.