04.30.20

FCC Provides Colorado More than $850K for Telehealth Services

Gardner, a longstanding champion of telehealth, applauded the announcement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) applauded the announcement that two healthcare providers in Colorado will receive a combined total of $853,527 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.

“During this pandemic, telehealth can be used to access healthcare while social distancing and prevent unnecessary trips outside of the home, which is critical to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Senator Gardner. “I’m pleased that Colorado will receive substantial funding to enhance telehealth services, and I’ll continue working with the medical professionals and leaders at every level to ensure our state has the necessary resources and support to get through COVID-19 together.”

Throughout his time in Congress, Gardner has championed expanding broadband and telehealth servicesto increase access to care in rural areas, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This funding was provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law on March 27, 2020. You can read more about Senator Gardner’s actions to protect Coloradans from COVID-19 here.

According to the FCC, two Colorado healthcare providers are receiving funding:

  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., in Alamosa, Colorado, was awarded $46,437 to implement video telehealth services to provide virtual health visits for COVID-19 screening and primary medical care to its vulnerable low-income and elderly patients.
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado, with 14 locations throughout the state, was awarded $807,090 to implement telehealth services to provide continuity of medical care for children, adolescents, and young adults with complex pediatric illnesses in the Rocky Mountain region.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.