FCC Oks Final Set of COVID-19 Telehealth Program Applications

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The FCC Wednesday approved the last 25 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Congress awarded a total of $200 million for telehealth as part of the March stimulus package known as the CARES Act. The Commission distributed in its COVID-19 Telehealth Program aimed at helping health care providers secure internet connectivity. A total of 539 grant recipients received money. See a full list here.  

The money awarded this week totaled $10.73 million. Since the beginning of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, the agency has approved 539 funding applications in 47 states plus Washington, D.C. and Guam for a total of $200 million in funding—the amount of money provided by Congress in the CARES Act.  

“This final tranche of approved funding applications includes recipients in both urban and rural areas of the country, and from coast to coast,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. We have already seen the program’s positive impact on expanding access to telehealth services and promoting the well-being of patients and healthcare providers across the country. And I look forward to seeing how those who are awarded funding today will help patients from New York to Guam, and Alabama to North Dakota.”

Pai told lawmakers last month that once the program is over, the agency wants to review how the money was spent and explore ways that might improve the FCC’s Connected Care Pilot Program. He explained participants are expected to report back on the program’s effectiveness.

View a complete list of funding recipients to date here

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