Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has sent a letter along with her house colleagues to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting further information about the COVID-19 Telehealth Program’s implementation and asks how much funding would be necessary for the FCC to fulfill the remaining applications. The FCC’s popular COVID-19 Telehealth Program supports health care providers’ provision of connected services to patients by funding telecommunication services, information services, and devices during the ongoing public health emergency. The CARES Act provided an initial appropriation of $200 million to the program. Since it was announced, health care providers have expressed overwhelming interest in the program, and it is apparent that the initial appropriation was insufficient to meet demand.

“Telehealth programs have been essential parts of the North Country healthcare landscape throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I have consistently advocated for increased funding and support for our telehealth programs that provide our residents with essential services. As Congress considers another COVID-19 relief package, it is important that we include provisions for programs like these that have significant impact on rural communities. I will continue to advocate for direct funding to our North Country hospitals and community health centers.”

Find a copy of the letter here.