Funding will Boost Access to Virtual Care, Health Equity
Washington, DC — United States of Care (USofCare) today thanked Congress for including historic broadband funding in the infrastructure bill. Expanding internet access will help more people access health care and virtual care services, which are critical to building health equity, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Through these broadband investments, Congress is taking a huge step forward to boost health care access and advance health equity,” said Natalie Davis, Chief Executive Office of United States of Care. “United States of Care continues to support using virtual care as a tool to reach people who have long been underserved by the health care system.”
USofCare is committed to bringing people, policymakers, providers, and entrepreneurs together to build a virtual care system centered on people’s needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the delivery of health care and taken a devastating mental health toll on the American people, notably those with low socioeconomic status and from communities of color.
The broadband investment included in the infrastructure package follows the recommendations from USofCare and other partners. In January, USofCare sent legislative recommendations to Congress including addressing barriers to virtual care and expanding broadband access to rural and underserved areas.