June 24, 2020

Manchin Applauds FCC Approval Of Mon Health Medical Center Telehealth Program Application

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of Mon Health Medical Center’s application for $283,396 to implement a telehealth platform that will help provide the full spectrum of telehealth visits for patients, including COVID-19 screening and diagnosis, medication management, chronic disease management, and behavioral health visits. As a member of the Financial Services & General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the FCC’s budget, Senator Manchin helped support $200 million in funding for the telehealth pilot program through the CARES Act.  

“Healthcare providers across West Virginia have drastically expanded telehealth services including telephone-based appointments for patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes necessary to stay as safe as possible during this crisis. On April 20th, I wrote to the FCC to advocate for the Mon Health Medical Center application for funding to provide West Virginians with telehealth services, and today the FCC approved their application. The FCC’s approval of this funding will be beneficial for Morgantown area residents and will help West Virginians receive the care they need during this health crisis. As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, I will continue to support funding to help our healthcare providers across West Virginia care for their fellow West Virginians.”