U.S. Government Grants $45 Million for Long COVID Clinics

U.S. Government Grants $45 Million for Long COVID Clinics

$45 million grant on long covid clinics, revolutionizing healthcare for those affected

In a recent announcement on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disclosed that the U.S. government will be granting $45 million to aid clinics in their treatment of long COVID. This funding aims to foster the development of fresh care models and expand accessibility for those affected.

Through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) under HHS, nine clinics will be recipients of annual $1 million grants for the next five years. President Joe Biden had assigned HHS the task of formulating a national strategy to address the complexities of long COVID, a condition marked by a variety of symptoms emerging months after a person recovers from a COVID-19 infection, often rendering them unable to work.

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra stated, "The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to supporting patients, physicians, and caregivers by providing evidence-based approaches for treating long COVID, ensuring continued insurance coverage, and safeguarding the rights of returning workers navigating the uncertainties of their ailment".

Enhancing accessibility for vulnerable communities impacted by long covid


The financial support will be channeled into augmenting both physical and virtual appointments, establishing fresh satellite clinics, and launching an educational campaign to increase referrals. One of the notable challenges has been the need for more understanding and acknowledgment of the condition within the medical community, causing delays in diagnoses and referrals.

Furthermore, the funds will be allocated to social services, hiring interpreters, group therapy programs and bolstering mental health support. Notably, the grants prioritize enhancing accessibility for underserved, rural, vulnerable and minority communities which are disproportionately affected by long COVID.

Long COVID impacts nearly 7% of all U.S. adults and 2.3% of the overall population. The toll it has taken is immense, estimated at approximately $386 billion in terms of lost wages, savings, and medical expenses, as per an analysis conducted in April by the Solve Long Covid Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to research and advocacy.

Bringing hope to million across the nation


The syndrome manifests through a wide array of symptoms numbering over 200 including severe fatigue, cognitive challenges, headaches, dizziness upon standing, sleep disruptions, chest discomfort, blood clotting issues, immune system imbalances and in some cases diabetes.

While there are currently no proven treatments, research efforts are actively underway. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has initiated the RECOVER program, a comprehensive effort valued at $1.15 billion, launching two clinical trials in July to evaluate a minimum of four potential treatment options.

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