Portman Announces Nearly $1 Million in Federal Grants to Help Health Care Facilities In Ohio Provide Telehealth Services

June 19, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau awarded $947,000 million in telehealth grants to two 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, earlier this month six facilities received $1.8 million in funding, and an addition six facilities received $1.1 million. 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 in Northeast and Central 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: 

Marion Area Counseling Center, in Marion, Ohio, was awarded $33,216 for laptop and desktop computers and video monitors to use telehealth to reach existing and new high-risk and vulnerable patients to treat serious and persistent mental illness issues, substance use disorder, and other behavioral health conditions. 

The Metrohealth System, in Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded $914,049 for tablet computers, telehealth platform subscriptions, remote monitoring equipment, videoconferencing equipment, and mobile hotspots to use remote monitoring to enable care for patients, including those with COVID-19, via secure, bidirectional video telehealth exams, and to use connected devices so health care providers can provide care for all COVID-19 and chronic care patients using telehealth.