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Young, FCC Commissioner Discuss Expanded Telehealth In Federal Relief Package

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 U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Brendan Carr say telehealth services can soon be expanded with money from the third phase of federal COVID-19 relief.

Health care providers can apply for funding from a $200 million program within the recently-passed federal CARES Act. That money can be used to provide devices and internet connection to patients who need it to engage in telehealth.

And Carr says it’s not just for coronavirus patients.

“You can treat everything from heart disease to diabetes," Carr says. "You can get mental health counseling.”

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Young says keeping patients out of brick-and-mortar facilities who don’t need to go in is critical in the current crisis.

“That frees up additional health care capacity, whether it’s our workforce or actual space that’s available to serve our corona patients,” Young says.

Young says he thinks the convenience of telehealth can also help prevent some medical issues from becoming more acute.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

This is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, we recommend checking the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Indiana State Department of Health for the most recent numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.