Funds Increase for COVID-19 Telehealth Program

May 19, 2021 by Alexa Hornbeck
Jessica Roseworcel

The Federal Communications Commission recently closed applications for health care providers to apply for a second round of funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

“For over a year, health care providers have fought on the front lines of this pandemic and have had to rapidly innovate to support the health and well-being of all Americans,” said FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel in a written statement. 

“Telehealth has been at the forefront of this effort, and I’m pleased to announce that additional support is just around the corner,” she added. 

Since its launch in April 2020, the program has provided health care providers with over $200 million to offer connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations.

In December, Congress provided the FCC with funding for a second round of telehealth program awards.

The program was established based on evidence that telehealth use, particularly among low-income Americans, had increased significantly with the onset of the pandemic. 

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