The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that a new $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” is being established to create telehealth opportunities for veterans and Americans living in rural and low-income areas. Telehealth is a modern way to deliver medical assistance to citizens while decreasing the amount of time spent in a doctor’s office. This could be particularly helpful in rural and other underserved communities that face challenges in obtaining access to high-quality healthcare.
This announcement follows FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s visit to Indiana in May where he received a firsthand look at the need for continued investments in rural broadband and telehealth. Last week, I sent a letter
to Commissioner Carr urging the development of new and innovative programs to expand the use of telemedicine throughout Indiana and the entire country.
This in email today from Sen. Todd Young, Indiana.
Drain the Swamp
On Thursday, I introduced the DRAIN Act that requires federal agencies to relocate their headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. and closer to the communities they serve throughout the United States. By relocating these agencies to smaller and less costly cities, not only will this legislation help our federal government become more efficient, it will help create new investment and opportunities in areas of the country that are struggling to compete economically.
Strengthen Oversight of VA Health Care
It’s unacceptable that VA health care, such a critical component of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs mission, remains beset by problems, delays, and failure to address pressing deficiencies. That’s why Senator Amy Klobuchar and I introduced a bill on Thursday to strengthen Congressional oversight and ensure that this Department addresses the issues identified by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.