White House to Implement Ernst, Hirono Efforts to Expand Veterans Access to Telehealth 

The announcement mirrors the senators’ bipartisan legislation to provide telemedicine across state lines


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators and members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) applauded the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) announcement to expand telehealth services for veterans and provide telemedicine across state lines. This announcement follows the senators’ efforts to improve telehealth services for veterans through their bipartisan legislation, the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act.


“The VA’s decision to allow veterans to access care from the comfort of, or closer to, their own homes is necessary to improving quality and timely care for the more than 200,000 veterans in Iowa, particularly those who are disabled or reside in rural communities,” said Senator Ernst, a combat veteran. “It is critical that we continue to create opportunities for veterans to receive the best care out there, including potentially life-saving mental health care. Improving the VA’s telehealth program is critical, and I am thrilled to see this common-sense measure will be put into action to benefit Iowans and veterans across the country.” 


“Today’s announcement is a positive step forward to allow Hawaii veterans to access health care services regardless of where they live,” said Senator Hirono. “I will continue to push for the passage of the VETS Act to ensure that Secretary Shulkin’s announcement can be strengthened with full legislative authority to help veterans across the country.”


Beginning in 2015 and again in 2017, Senators Ernst and Hirono called for the expansion of telehealth services for veterans through their bipartisan Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act. The VETS Act seeks to improve health care access – including mental health treatment – for disabled or rural veterans by expanding telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by allowing VA health officials to practice telemedicine across state lines if they are qualified and practice within the scope of their authorized federal duties. Additionally, the legislation ensures the VA and Congress provide oversight of the VA’s telehealth program by requiring the VA to measure program effectiveness.


Click here to read the full text of the VETS Act of 2017.

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Mayo Clinic on Aspirin – PASS IT ON

Mayo Clinic Aspirin
Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic,
who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of
the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally
between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when
the heart should be most at rest, means
that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues
have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is
to blame.

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day,
take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”;
therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the
wee hours of the morning, the
Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

2. FYI,

Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest
for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

Please read on.

Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.
Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.

Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks –

There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the
pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense
pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating;
however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.

Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.

The majority of people (about 60%) who had
a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from
your deep sleep.

If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth
and swallow them with a bit of water.

– Call 911.
– Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.
– Say “heart attack!”
– Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
– Take a seat on a chair or sofa
near the front door, and wait for their arrival and

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after
receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one
life could be saved!

I have already shared this information. What about you?

Do forward this message. It may save lives!