Could emergency coronavirus preparedness funding boost telehealth?

The Brainerd Dispatch reports

Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith voted to secure $8.3 billion in emergency funding for coronavirus preparedness and response efforts, including support for state and local health agencies, vaccine and treatment development, and low-interest loans for small businesses affected by the outbreak.

Included in the bill was an additional $500 million to expand telehealth services for seniors in small towns and rural areas who receive Medicare benefits. The emergency funding also includes at least $40 million for tribal health entities to ensure tribal communities have the resources needed to respond to the virus outbreak.

According to a news release, the state of Minnesota is expected to receive at least $10 million as part of this emergency funding.

On a related note, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced coverage updates on Friday afternoon in an effort to combat the spread and impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Part of their plan is to expand access to telehealth and nurse/provider hotlines.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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