Grant to help Bon Secours strengthen telehealth services in Central Virginia
Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) announced a federal grant totaling $ 308,246 to help strengthen telehealth services throughout Central Virginia, purchase equipment for appointments you virtual health and patient monitoring, and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This grant was awarded to Bon Secours – which serves communities in central and eastern Virginia – as part of the second round of funding provided by the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 telehealth program.
“The demand for telehealth services has skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth has given thousands of patients a way to receive the care they need – especially in rural communities – while protecting themselves and their families from COVID-19, ”Spanberger said. “Strengthening the capacity of health care providers to deliver telehealth services helps reduce barriers to accessing affordable health care for vulnerable older people, patients living in rural and underserved communities, and working families across Virginia.
“Virtual healthcare is here to stay – even after this public health emergency is over, and this award is an investment in high quality telehealth for Virginians for the long term. Securing additional funding for the FCC’s COVID-19 telehealth program has been a priority, and I’m happy to see this funding benefit patients and providers in Central Virginia. “
Spanberger has long recognized the importance of this program to seniors, families, and healthcare providers in Central Virginia. Last year, after the FCC announced that all approved funds had been distributed, Spanberger led the introduction bipartite legislation with U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson (R-SD-AL) to provide additional funding for the program and build on essential telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of its push, a similar law was passed as part of the bipartite consolidated credit program that was signed in law by former President Donald Trump in December 2020.
In April 2020, the FCC established the COVID-19 telehealth program to support the ability of healthcare providers to continue serving patients by providing reimbursement for necessary telecommunications, information services and connected devices. to enable telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.