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$26.7 MILLION TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE THROUGH TELEMEDICINE

For Immediate Release                                                                   Wednesday, August 18, 2010 

CONTACT: Tom Brede / Meredith MacKenzie, (202) 224-9521 

REID ANNOUNCES $26.7 MILLION TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE THROUGH TELEMEDICINE Nevada Hospital Association and Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe to benefit 

Las Vegas, NV—Nevada Senator Harry Reid today announced $26.7 million from the Recovery Act to facilitate new broadband Internet access that will increase access to health care via telemedicine and access to education through distance learning. The Nevada Hospital Association will receive $19.6 million to operate a statewide telemedicine network for health care providers, public safety agencies, tribal governments and educational institutions. The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will also receive $7.1 million to build affordable broadband that connects to increase access to online education, telemedicine and other public services. Telemedicine consists of: psychiatry, radiology, optometry, mammography and pediatrics all facilitated by advanced video conference. 

“Building better broadband across Nevada is one of the most important economic investments we can make in our state,” said Reid. “Building new broadband infrastructure creates jobs and better access to services. The programs funded by these grants set rural and tribal Nevadans free to live on the land they love and have access to affordable health care and quality distance education.”

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