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Routine appointments for health care came to a halt in March, when Mainers hunkered down at home as the state braced for a possible surge of the coronavirus. The sudden drop in patients hit independent physicians especially hard, who saw steep declines in revenue. Now as the state reopens, some of these doctors say they are starting to emerge, but their future is still tenuous.

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As much of the non-coronavirus health care in Maine shifts to telemedicine, we discuss how that is working for doctors and patients. For years, telehealth has been touted as a helpful tool for both health care providers and patients who face challenges meeting in person. Now that it's being implemented widely due to the pandemic, what are the pros and cons of virtual doctor's visits? And will this change the delivery of health care in the future?

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's two United States senators say six health care organizations across the state are going to be able to expand online services and reach more of the state's residents.

PORTLAND, Maine - Four Maine school districts and a provider of rural health care are sharing more in $1.6 million in federal funding to expand access to rural broadband and telemedicine.

The four school districts will use their U.S. Department of Agriculture money to purchase video conferencing equipment. The almost $400,000 that MaineHealth has been awarded will be used to install telehealth videoconferencing carts at six rural medical clinics and at three home health agency sites.

ORONO, Maine - Maine U.S. Sen. Angus King is calling for increased federal investment and support for telemedicine.

During a roundtable discussion today at the University of Maine in Orono, King said that, in addition to greater federal investment, he'd like to see regulatory changes that can improve access to vital health care services for people, especially the elderly, in rural states like Maine.