Abraham announces $1 million to expand telemedicine in rural Louisiana
Congressman Ralph Abraham announced Friday that the US Department of Agriculture has awarded grants in the amount of about $1 million to enhance delivery of medical services through telemedicine in 15 rural Louisiana parishes.
The grants were awarded through the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. The money will primarily be used to connect patients with behavioral health and specialty care providers at remote sites using interactive videoconferencing.
The parishes served by the grants have disproportionate percentages of vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, and minorities. They also have documented health care professional shortages and high percentages of uninsured residents.
“Telemedicine is another tool that modern technology has added to the health care equation. Patients in rural areas can’t always make it to a specialist. Telemedicine allows us to bring the doctor to them to make sure they get the treatment they need. I appreciate Sec. Sonny Perdue and the USDA for awarding these grants to help Louisiana’s vulnerable patients,” Dr. Abraham said