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Senators Hope To Extend Telehealth Into Rural Areas Of US

  • June 17, 2020

mHealth Intelligence (6/16, Wicklund) reports, “Lawmakers are looking to extend telehealth into rural parts of America to improve access for people in need of mental health services.” Last week, “a group of Senators...introduced the Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act of 2020 (S.3917), which would create a grant program to help providers to extend their connected health platforms into rural areas focused on the farming, fishing and forestry industries.” The Senators say “the bill would create a $10 million loan program, to be renewed each fiscal year through 2025,” and “the Health and Human Services Secretary, through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Office of the Advancement of Telehealth and the rural health liaison at the Department of Agriculture, would administer the grants.”