Telehealth Expansion Continues in Nebraska

Dec. 10, 2020, 4:22 p.m. ·

Panel speakers discuss telehealth in during COVID-19.

State Senator John Arch said telehealth in Nebraska is generally accessible to residents compared to other states. A study by the Legislature has concluded providers are embracing the service for residents across the state.

"We are going to see more telehealth going forward, and particularly in behavioral health," he said.

Senator Arch said conversations around accessibility, especially for Nebraskans in rural areas, are ongoing.

Christine Chasek, who heads the Behavioral Health Education Center in Kearney, is looking forward to the expansion of telehealth. She said she’s seen its benefits first hand at her own therapy practice.

"Clients seem to be getting better through the telehealth than when I was seeing them in person, which is really surprising," she said. "I think there's a level of comfort and safety when they're in their own home and their own space and able to work on their issues."

Senator Arch and Dr. Chasek’s comments came during Wednesday’s 2020 Nebraska Behavioral Health Policy Forum.