Rep. Cason files bill to expand telemedicine for disabled workers

March 31, 2021
Rep. Cason files bill to expand telemedicine for disabled workers

ASUTIN, TX – Representative Jeff Cason announced today his filing of House Bill 3098, the Expand Telemedicine for Disabled Workers Act. This bill would permit impairment rating examinations to be conducted via telehealth or telemedicine services.

An impairment rating is a percentage estimate of the amount of normal use that an individual’s injured body parts have lost, based on guidelines published by the American Medical Association (AMA).  These ratings are key in determining disability ratings and workers compensation in the State of Texas.  Under current statute, however, impairment ratings may not be judged via telemedicine.

“Given the past year of Covid-19 and the inability of many patients to see their doctors, many workers area at risk of not receiving proper workers’ compensation,” Rep. Cason said. “Texas has long been a leader in telemedicine services –  it is time for Texas to lead again in this field and provide workers the access to the care that they deserve.”

House Bill 3098 has been referred to the House Committee on Business & Industry, chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D) of Tarrant County.

Help support this bill!

Call the members of the committee and ask that they support HB 3098 in committee:

Chairman Chris Turner        (512) 463-0574
Rep. Cole Hefner                   (512) 463-0271
Rep. Briscoe Cain                  (512) 463-0733
Rep. Jasmine Crockett           (512) 463-0586
Rep. Stan Lambert                (512) 463-0718
Rep. Claudia Ordaz Perez    (512) 463-0622
Rep. Jared Patterson            (512) 463-0694
Rep. Hugh Shine                   (512) 463-0630
Rep. Senfronia Thompson   (512) 463-0720