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McDonnell signs Telemedicine bill into law

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Access to health care in Virginia, is about to go high tech in a hurry. Today Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law a bill, that would dramatically expand "tele-medicine" in the commonwealth.

The new law requires health insurance companies to provide coverage for health care appointments that are conducting remotely, either by tele-conference or through the computer.

Today's bill signing was held at VCU Medical Center, but health providers in remote sections of the state joined in over a cyberlink. The governor believes this will help bring quality health care to areas that need it the most.

"In this modern age you don't actually have to have the doctor or the nurse or the specialist in the room. What you need is their expertise and a great means of communication," said McDonnell.

In addition to the beaming in pictures from remote locations, the new law will also help facilitate the easier transfer of medical information over the internet as well.  It passed with unanimous support in both the House and Senate.

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