The Trump administration has backed down on a major bill to help provide telehealth services to Americans with severe illnesses, saying it will move forward with a broader effort to expand coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Trump administration issued a statement late Wednesday night that said it would not pursue its goal of expanding coverage under ObamaCare, even as it signaled it would be open to other measures.
The move came after Democrats vowed to hold a vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act in the House, which is controlled by Republicans.
Republicans in the Senate are expected to pass the repeal measure this week.
The administration’s move comes as the White House is expected to move ahead with a series of measures aimed at providing telehealth care services to people with serious illnesses, including expanding access to the government’s Medicaid program for the poor and providing states with tax credits for providing telemedical care.
Trump’s administration has already announced plans to expand telehealth coverage for people with disabilities and to expand access to a wide range of health care services, including mammograms, CT scans, and prescriptions.