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Medical professionals will become more accessible for veterans, thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health. On January 31, the department announced a $290,000 grant to Virtua Health for telehealth services.

Telehealth provides services such as behavioral health and counseling in a virtual setting, allowing patients to visit their doctor without leaving home. Thanks to this fairly new technology, veterans can access medical attention despite challenges like location and lack of transportation.

“Telehealth can ease the burden by offering long-distance virtual care to veterans while they remain in a comfortable environment,” Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett said.

Virtua will offer primary and behavioral health visits conducted via online technology starting February 1. The health provider will coordinate care with Oaks Integrated Care, Legacy Treatment Services and InSight Telepsychiatry.

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