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Kansas Governor encourages providers to apply for COVID telehealth funding

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Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 3:30 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Laura Kelly is urging health providers to apply for COVID-19 telehealth funding.

Governor Laura Kelly says she encourages Kansas medical and behavioral health providers to apply for the Federal Communications Commission’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. She said those that qualify have the chance to apply for federal funding between April 29, at 11 a.m., and May 6, at 11 a.m.

“Since the pandemic began, my administration has sought innovative ways to bolster telehealth services, which improve access to quality, affordable health care for Kansans across the state while allowing them to stay safe at home,” Governor Kelly said. “I appreciate the FCC for its partnership, and I strongly encourage all eligible providers to apply for this program.”

According to Gov. Kelly, the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program is meant to help providers cover costs associated with connecting care services to patients. She said the goal of the program is to help healthcare providers give connected care services to patients at home or mobile locations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the program fully funds providers’ telecommunications services, information services and devices needed to provide critical connected care services.

Gov. Kelly said through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the FCC was given an additional $250 million to re-open the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. She said providers in Kansas have received awards in the first round of the program, receiving over $100,000 in medical technology to give telehealth throughout the state.

“Federal programs can help support behavioral health providers during the public health emergency,” Commissioner Andy Brown, of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), said. “It will increase the access Kansans have to substance use and mental health services through telehealth.”

“Telehealth is a powerful tool in chronic disease prevention and management,” Ryan Lester, of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), said. “Telehealth interventions can improve clinical health outcomes by increasing medication adherence, set dietary goals, provide a more complete data picture for clinicians, and reduce access to care barriers for patients, especially in a rural setting. Increasing access to telehealth is a real win-win scenario for Kansas residents and physicians.”

Providers can click HERE to learn more and check eligibility.

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