U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) with his colleagues introduced the Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act this week. This bipartisan legislation would direct $2 billion to help health care providers increase their broadband capacity and expand telehealth services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The FCC’s Rural Health Care Program bolsters support for our health care providers’ connectivity needs,” said Senator Cramer. “By increasing this program’s funding, while streamlining the allocation process and allowing more flexibility for its implementation, our bipartisan Health Care Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act would increase access to telehealth for patients.”
The legislation is led by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) with Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Angus King (I-ME), Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Ed Markey (D-MA) joining Senator Cramer as original cosponsors.
“During this pandemic, telehealth services are helping families receive the critical health care they need,” said Senator Schatz. “Our bill will provide much-needed funding to help hospitals improve their connectivity so they can care for more patients.”
“The Rural Health Care Program is an integral piece of providing quality healthcare to Alaskans in small, remote communities—many of which are not connected to a road system. Since the start of the COVID-19 […]