The FCC has now approved an even dozen tranches of telehealth funding applications to help healthcare providers deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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That additional 77 applications for $29.41 million brings the total to 444 applications approved in 46 states and totaling $157.64 million of the $200 million for the telehealth program appropriated by Congress in the CARES Act COVID-19 aid bill. 

The FCC opened the application window April 13 and approved the first applications three days later.  

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The money is going to healthcare providers to buy telecommunications broadband connectivity and devices, both to help COVID-19 patients, including those in self-isolation and quarantine, and others with underlying conditions who don't want to risk a trip to the doctor.