U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor Pensions Committee: Investment in broadband Internet connectivity will advance telehealth
Our coalition’s healthcare partners have witnessed the positive impact of telehealth in improving access to care and improving patient experience
Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:
Thank you for leadership in response to the needs of communities and patients during the pandemic and for holding today’s hearing entitled Telehealth: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are writing as members of the American Connection Project Broadband Coalition, a collection of 25 major companies and trade associations being led by Land O’Lakes Inc. The coalition, representing agriculture, financial services, healthcare and technology, is advocating for robust funding for federal investment in broadband internet connectivity to advance telehealth, distance learning and the tremendous economic value that comes with internet connectivity.
As the pandemic shined a light on the essential nature of connectivity, we were grateful for the responsiveness of governors who called for policies to increase telehealth access and broadband internet service, and the members of Congress who took unprecedented action to respond to COVID-19. Given the increased access to health care that telehealth has provided during this public health emergency, it is clear that expanded telehealth policies must be a permanent tenet of our health care system.