In Washington, the House of Representatives has approved a bill that will allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health professionals to practice telemedicine across state borders and care for more of America’s veterans.  The bill, H.R. 2123, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017, was introduced by Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Julia Brownley (D-CA).  The bill creates an exemption to allow VA-credentialed health care professionals to work across state borders to perform telemedicine without having to obtain a new license in that state.   The measure also expands the definition of exempt health care professionals to include VA doctors, and removes the location requirement to allow for care regardless of where the health care professional or patient is located.  The VETS Act is endorsed by several groups, including the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).


Police arrested a Philadelphia woman on drug charges in Lewistown earlier this week.  Lewistown Police served an active warrant on 38-year-old Amy Cutshall Tuesday on Depot Street in the borough.  Cutshall was found in possession of heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia at the time of her arrest.  She was placed in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.


The 2nd annual Lewistown Veterans Day Parade is this evening beginning at 6:30.  The parade will start at the intersection of Water and South Main Streets and proceed to Monument Square before going out Market Street.  From there, the route includes Dorcas Street to Third, and then onto North Grand Street before returning to Market Street and back to Monument Square.  There will be a special service to honor all veterans on the steps of the Old Courthouse immediately following the parade.  Entries are still being accepted.  Anyone interested in participating should come to the registration table at the corner of South Main and Elizabeth Streets at least 45 minutes prior to the start of the parade.


The Juniata County Veterans Day Parade will be held in Port Royal on Saturday.  All units should meet at 8th Street at 12:00 noon.  The parade steps off at 1:00 pm.   All veterans are requested to attend (in uniform) to either march or ride in the event.  Veterans needing transportation in the parade should call John Monteleone at 717-463-2276.


The Mifflin-Juniata Call-A-Ride Service will be closed Friday for Veterans Day.  If you need a ride on Monday, please call by 12:00 noon today (Thursday).



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