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HHS awards $16.3M toward telehealth for family planning

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that it had awarded $16.3 million in grant funding to enhance the telehealth infrastructure and capacity of reproductive health clinics throughout the country.

HHS used funds available through the American Rescue Plan to award the money to 31 Title X family planning grantees for a 12-month project period starting on May 15, said the agency.

“Expanding telehealth at our nation’s Title X family planning clinics will help ensure all women and families have equitable access to this essential care,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra in a statement.

“Across the nation we are seeing attacks on sexual and reproductive healthcare services, and through these funds and other HHS efforts we can ensure that we’re able to provide this care that so many across the country need,” he continued.

WHY IT MATTERS

Title X family planning clinics provide a broad range of reproductive and preventive health services to more than 190 million low-income or uninsured people, including breast and cervical cancer screening, contraceptive counseling and care and testing for sexually transmitted infections.HHS says the clinics will be able to use the new funding to expand their telehealth capacity – and, in turn, services […]

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