U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $457,568 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support the telehealth program at Minnie Hamilton Health System.

Earlier this year, the Senators introduced legislation to make the current audio-only telehealth flexibilities permanent to ensure rural and underserved community healthcare providers are able to continue offering audio-only telehealth services after COVID-19.

“Minnie Hamilton Health System is very appreciative of Senator Manchin and Senator Capito’s support of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program project that was recently awarded to our community health center.

Due to the assistance and guidance of the West Virginia Primary Care Association and the Senators’ offices, we now have additional resources to serve our patients via telehealth,” Brent Barr, CIO of Minnie Hamilton Health System, said.

“The funding will support our mission of improving the health quality of life through innovation by providing our patients convenient access to providers and specialist without having to drive hours to larger cities.”

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program funds will provide reimbursement for activities related to the upgrades of the telephone system, broadband access, internal network, expanded Wi-Fi access, and improved guest networks.