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New HHS COVID-19 Telehealth Grants Target Pediatric, Licensure Programs

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The Health and Human Services Department is issuing $20 million in COVID-19 funds to four telehealth programs for pediatric and maternal care and two efforts to expand interstate license portability.

Federal officials have awarded $20 million to four healthcare providers and two organizations to improve telehealth outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic – including efforts to expand multi-state licensure.

The April 30 announcement came from the Health and Human Services Department, which issued the awards through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The money comes out of the CARES Act, which was signed into law in March.

“This new funding will help expand telehealth infrastructure that is already being used during the pandemic to provide essential care, especially to the most vulnerable, including pregnant women and children with special health care needs,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a press release. “This funding will also help clinicians use telehealth nationally by streamlining the process to obtain multi-state licensure.”

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