Telehealth Elements in American Rescue Plan COVID Relief Bill

Center for Connected Health Policy

April 2021

$50 million in grants for local behavioral health services, including via telehealth, and $140 million for information technology, telehealth and electronic health records at the Indian Health Service.

March marked the passage of the third major COVID-9 relief bill (HR 1319), titled the American Rescue Plan. While the bill didn’t include significant changes in telehealth policy as past relief legislation has, it did have some nuggets for telehealth. For example, it establishes an Emergency Rural Development for Rural Healthcare Grant pilot that would, among other things, support telehealth programs. The bill also allots $50 million in grants for local behavioral health services, including via telehealth, and sets aside $140 million for information technology, telehealth and electronic health records at the Indian Health Service. To learn more, see the full text of the bill.

American Rescue Plan: https://www.congress.gov/117/bills/hr1319/BILLS-117hr1319enr.pdf


Indian Health Services: https://www.ihs.gov/