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Grant to expand telehealth care for veterans in rural Alaska

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Posted: Sunday, September 16, 2012 11:46 pm | Updated: 11:23 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A $300,000 grant to Alaska to expand, modernize, and streamline telehealth services for veterans will save time and money for veterans living in rural Alaska who would otherwise have to travel to receive care, according to a news release from the office of Sen. Mark Begich.

The grant is the result of a partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs and seeks to spur collaborative telehealth networks and virtual linkages among rural health providers and the VA to help meet the needs of rural veterans. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is working to implement health information exchange among VA hospitals and rural hospitals to make high-quality, safe and affordable health care more available to returning veterans living in rural areas, Begich’s news release states.

Begich in June introduced The Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011 to waive copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits for veterans.

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