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Association Comments on Proposed Telehealth Pilot Program

In an Aug. 29 letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), America’s Essential Hospitals expressed support for the creation of a Connected Care Pilot program to increase access to telehealth services for low-income consumers.

The letter was sent in response to a proposed rule that would invest $100 million in funding to an unspecified number of providers to defray certain costs of providing telehealth services to veterans and low-income Americans.

In its comments, the association encouraged FCC to:

  • use the Connected Care Pilot to prioritize leveraging telehealth to expand the reach of essential hospitals with a mission to care for the vulnerable; and
  • recognize the needs of communities nationwide and not limit the availability of pilot funds based on geographic factors.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Rachel Schwartz is a former policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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