CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) have announced that $ 960,444 will be donated to the Ritchie County Primary Care Association in Harrisville, W.Va.
This funding will provide COVID-19 screening and primary medical care to chronically ill patients through the purchase of telehealth kiosks and software.
“Telehealth is an essential tool that will help improve the accessibility of healthcare in West Virginia. Providing quality care, regardless of location or logistical challenges, is a major factor for our more rural communities and can lead to better health outcomes for our residents, ”said Senator Capito. “This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has added many challenges to our normal primary care practices. That’s why I have worked to expand these services and streamline their arrival in West Virginia so that we can take full advantage of their potential. I have also made it a priority to ensure that telehealth services remain at extended levels during and after the pandemic because of the difference this technology can make to our communities. “
The funds were made available as part of the second cycle of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 telehealth program.
Senator Manchin said: “Telehealth services are essential to care for our compatriots in West Virginia, but many do not have broadband access, which can prevent them from obtaining the health services they need. they need. These funds will help the Ritchie County Primary Care Association provide the care residents deserve. “