WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1,532,697 in competitive awards for Maryland health care providers through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth program. This program was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help health care providers meet the increased needs for telehealth services created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards include:
- $994,950 for Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute to expand its video telehealth and remote patient monitoring services to continue providing care to vulnerable and high-risk children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities; and
- $537,747 for Brandywine’s Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc. to grow its video telehealth services and remote patient monitoring to continue providing care to its low-income patients outside of emergency rooms overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.
“Health care providers in Maryland and around the country are quickly adapting to the COVID-19 emergency by expanding telehealth services to continue offering safe and high-quality care to patients,” the lawmakers said. “These federal funds will boost the technological capabilities of Maryland health care providers to meet the challenges of delivering care during the pandemic. We remain committed to ensuring that all health care providers in Maryland – especially those that serve our most vulnerable communities – have the resources they need.”
These awards are among 26 applications approved nationwide today. To date, 56 health care providers have received $24.9 million in funding through this federal program, including Maryland’s Anne Arundel Medical Center.
The delegation has previously announced funding for Maryland through the CARES Act including $46 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Minority Serving Institutions, and colleges serving large populations of low income students; $9 million for public housing; $170 million for colleges and universities; $1.6 million to create temporary disaster relief jobs; $45 million for child care centers; $200 million for school districts; $45 million for the Governor’s emergency education relief fund; $107 million for airports; $742 million for hospitals and health care providers; $15.6 million for community health centers and $48 million to Maryland local government jurisdictions.