More than two dozen health care providers in both urban and rural areas of the country, including two Southland clinics, were awarded funding Wednesday by the Federal Communications Commission to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.
A total of 25 providers nationwide were awarded $10.73 million in the last round of funding disbursements of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was authorized by the federal CARES Act.
The local health care providers that were approved in the last round of funding are:
— Community Medical Wellness Centers, in Long Beach, which was awarded $164,474 for a telehealth platform, laptop computers, network upgrades, smartphones, tablets and videoconferencing equipment and software to expand telehealth services during the pandemic to provide weekly medical and behavioral health care for high-risk patients; and
— Comprehensive Community Health Centers, in Glendale, which got a $298,659 grant for laptop and desktop computers, network upgrades and a telehealth platform to expand the use of telehealth to provide remote care and supportive services for all its patients needing medical, dental and behavioral health treatments.
“In late March, Congress tasked the FCC with developing from scratch a new $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program to help combat COVID-19, support health care providers and make it easier for Americans to safely access vital healthcare services,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “And just over three months later, the commission has approved 539 applications, allocating the full $200 million for worthy projects across the country.”
The funds went to providers in 47 states plus Washington, D.C., and Guam. Three Southland clinics in Long Beach, San Pedro and Santa Fe Springs were collectively awarded $1.06 million on July 1. And in late June, nearly $726,000 was awarded to four other Southland clinics to provide telehealth services during the pandemic.
To learn more about the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program and view a complete list of funding recipients to date, visit www.fcc.gov/covid19telehealth.