Olsen Bill That Expands Telehealth Services to Include Dental Care Receives Unanimous Support in IL House

In an effort to improve Illinoisans’ access to comprehensive health care, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has passed legislation that expands people’s access to information and recommended treatment about their dental health. The House approval of SB 2587 was unanimous.

SB 2587 amends the Illinois Telehealth Act to add dentists to the list of "health care professionals" that can perform over-the-phone “tele-health” services in Illinois. “Through telehealth services, dentists would be able to evaluate, diagnose, or interpret electronically transmitted patient-specific date so that treatment recommendations can be made,” said Olsen. “In addition to the time-savings that accompany telehealth services, there is a financial benefit.”

According to Olsen, the current Telehealth Act is limited to physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice nurses, clinical psychologists licensed in Illinois, and mental health professionals and clinicians authorized by Illinois law to provide mental health services. “Dental health is an important element of overall health and wellness. This is a logical addition to the Telehealth Act.”

SB 2587 received unanimous support in the Senate in April, and it will now be sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for final action.

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