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Congress Aims to Keep Telehealth Momentum Going Beyond the COVID-19 Crisis

Lawmakers have followed up on their request to keep the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program going with a bill aimed at adding more funding to the now-shuttered program. US Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D‑VA) and Dusty Johnson (R‑SD) have introduced a bill that would give the program an FY 2020 supplemental appropriation of $200 million, effectively refurbishing a $200 million program that ran out of money earlier this month. The money would remain available until expended,” and would be used to continue the program’s goals of supporting telehealth and mHealth programs addressing the coronavirus pandemic. During a public health crisis, families, seniors, and veterans need to have reliable access to their doctors and caregivers,” Spanberger – one of more than 40 lawmakers to sign and send a letter last week to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asking for more information on the program – said in a press release. Telehealth has provided a solution for thousands of Central Virginians to receive the high-quality care they need, while still taking precautions to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19.”