‘Unite Virginia’ network to receive CARES Act funding
Virginia will allocate $10 million of CARES Act funding to Unite Virginia, a technology platform that connects Virginians to health and social service providers. Governor Ralph Northam announced the decision on Friday.
The commonwealth will work in tandem with Unite Us, a technology company that “builds coordinated care networks of health and social service providers” across the country. Unite Virginia will include health care providers, government agencies, COVID-19 relief efforts and community-based partners in its network.
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“This is about connecting people with the support they need to live healthy lives,” Gov. Northam said. “Having this critical infrastructure in place will also position our commonwealth to better respond to and recover from the twin public health and economic crises we face, and advance health equity by ensuring medical care and social services are appropriately delivered to Virginians, reducing barriers to care, and identifying gaps to better our target resources.”
Unite Virginia will allow health care providers to refer patients in need to support services within and outside of the medical field. These include housing, food programs and social services for Virginians in need.
Initial funding will be used to cover start up and implementation costs of the new system. The $10 million comes out of the $3.1 billion the commonwealth that was allocated when the CARES Act was passed by the federal government in March.