Telehealth has grown from a promising innovation to become essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community health centers’ ability to put telehealth to use can provide important insight into how well the modalities can be adapted to comprehensive primary health care for medically underserved populations. These centers face challenges with receiving payment for virtual telehealth visits, the cost of telehealth technology, and ensuring an adequate telehealth workforce. Policies addressing these issues have the potential to ease access problems in medically underserved communities.
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