Portman Announces $1.1 Million in Federal Grants to Help Health Care Facilities Across Ohio Provide Telehealth Services 

June 3, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau awarded $1.1 million in telehealth grants to five health care facilities in Ohio that will use this funding to provide telehealth services targeted at low-income patients so that they can receive medical care in more flexible settings. The exact funding amount and details of the facilities telehealth services can be found below. 

This grant award follows previous announcements of telehealth grants for Ohio, including one announced in April for the Health Partners of Western Ohio located in Lima, Ohio. Earlier last month, three facilities received nearly $1 million in funding and four facilities received nearly $800,000 in funding, and last week six facilities received $1.8 million in funding. These grants come from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law by President Trump. Portman released the following statement:  

“These new federal grants are good news for folks all across Ohio. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, telehealth has become a vital service for Ohioans to receive the health care consultations they need without having to leave the safety of their homes. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”

The following facilities received funding: 

Community Mental Health Centers of Warren County, Lebanon was awarded $67,979 for tablets, headphones, laptop computers, webcams, and telehealth stations to be able to connect via telehealth with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Family Pride of Northeast Ohio, Chardon was awarded $8,013 for laptops and tablets to provide outpatient behavioral health treatment via telehealth for families and seniors without access to telehealth hardware. 

Hough Clinic, Cleveland was awarded $560,356 for computers, connected devices, a remote patient interface platform, and network upgrades to enhance the ability to provide remote consultations and remote patient monitoring and treatment to patients who have chronic diseases and are at high risk for contracting COVID-19.  

Lisbon Community Health Center, Lisbon was awarded $376,191 for laptop and desktop computers, tablets, telecommunications system upgrades, telehealth equipment, and remote monitoring equipment to offer telehealth medical, dental, behavioral health, women’s health, and medication-assisted treatment services in five locations to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Lorain was awarded $26,922 for laptops, tablets, internet service, telehealth equipment, and software to provide addiction and mental health outpatient treatment, counseling and prevention services.  

Whitehall Family Health Center, Columbus was awarded $150,475 for tablets and remote monitoring and diagnostic equipment to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus and increase the ability to remotely triage COVID-19 patients and, using telehealth, decrease the number of high risk patients who have to leave their homes to receive medical care.