WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $618,628 to expand telehealth services for residents in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.
Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be delivered to CCI Health and Wellness Services in Silver Spring to ensure the continuation of high-quality primary, pediatric, and behavioral health care services to over 33,000 patients quarantined at home.
“Delivering basic health services to medically underserved and vulnerable communities must be a priority in our response to this public health crisis,” the lawmakers said. “Expanding telehealth capacity is integral to that effort. We will continue to work to ensure that health care providers across the state have the resources to serve all Marylanders who need care.”
Funds will be used to acquire telemedicine carts, computers, tablets, sign language and language interpretation services, call center subscription services, telehealth and videoconferencing software licenses, and remote monitoring equipment.
CCI is one of the largest health care providers for underserved Marylanders in Montgomery County and northwestern Prince George’s County. It serves more than 17,000 children and adults who are economically disadvantaged, homeless, disabled, insured through state medical assistance coverage or uninsured.
The delegation has announced previous awards through the program for Johns Hopkins Health Systems, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Greater Baden Medical Services.
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.