The U.S. Division of Health and Human Services, through the Health Assets and Services Administration, has awarded $20 million to extend telehealth access and infrastructure for suppliers and families to help forestall and respond to COVID-19.
The funds will help telehealth providers with cross-state licensure to enhance access to healthcare during the pandemic.
The usage of telehealth has risen through the COVID-19 pandemic as sufferers and suppliers follow social distancing, and the U.S. Administration has permitted more flexibility for its use.
The finances will increase capability and access to telehealth and distant-care companies for providers, pregnant girls, children, adolescents, and families.
HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau granted a total of $15 million to 4 recipients. They’re: The American Academy of Pediatrics – Pediatric Care in Illinois, which acquired $6 million; the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs – Public Health Methods in Washington, D.C., which acquired $4 million; Household Voices. – Household Engagement for Children with Special Health Care Needs in New Mexico, which acquired $1 million; and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – Maternal Health Care, North Carolina, which acquired $4 million.
HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy granted a total of $5 million to two recipients to work with state licensing boards and national compacts to develop a streamlined process for telehealth clinicians to acquire multi-state licensure.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards in Georgia and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S. in Texas each received $2.5 million.