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Ruppersberger Secures More Than $2.3 Million to Expand Telehealth at Baltimore Senior Centers

Jul 15, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today announced $2.325 million to expand vital telehealth services in Baltimore City’s senior centers has advanced in the U.S House of Representatives. The funding was included in the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022, which was passed by the House Appropriations Committee in a 33-25 vote today and now heads to the full House for consideration.

Congressman Ruppersberger, an Appropriator, requested the funding for the Baltimore City Health Department and Office of Broadband and Digital Equity to upgrade Internet connectivity at all 13 senior centers across the city. The funding will also provide the devices and connectivity needed to enable telehealth services for up to 1,000 Baltimore seniors and implement a telemedicine model at the three senior centers most in need.

“The funding will help Baltimore City address the digital divide among seniors while tackling some of their most pressing health issues, from loneliness to diabetes,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It will help bring Baltimore’s senior centers into the 21st century and make sure our most vulnerable residents have convenient access to the healthcare they need. I want to thank my fellow Appropriators for including this project in this year’s funding bill, and I urge my colleagues to support it on the House floor.”

The project is one of nine Community Project Funding Requests submitted by Congressman Ruppersberger in the 12 various appropriations bills for 2022. It is among 2,887 projects submitted by all members of the House of Representatives, only some of which will be approved.

The $253.8 billion Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill funds the Department of Labor and key healthcare agencies including the National Institutes of Health, CDC, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as K-12 and higher education. A summary can be found here.