June 10, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program has awarded $516,160 to two health centers to improve and expand telehealth services. Specifically, the FCC has awarded $270,172 to Central Maine Medical Center and $245,988 to Portland Community Health Center to upgrade technology at each facility and improve remote health care access for Maine people.
“As Maine people continue to practice social distancing to protect themselves and their neighbors, we must tap into available technology to meet urgent health care needs,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “We welcome this funding which will improve the way that Mainers connect with their providers, and encourage health care access in the comfort and safety of the home.”
The funding is allocated as follows:
The FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program was authorized by the CARES Act, which both Senators Collins and King voted for, to provide telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic.