The Rural Health Care Program
Health Care Providers May Receive Funding for Eligible Telecommunications and Broadband Services
The Rural Health Care Program, which includes the new Healthcare Connect Fund, provides funding to eligible health care providers (HCPs) for telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of health care. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of health care available to patients in rural communities by ensuring that eligible HCPs have access to telecommunications and broadband services. Funding for the Rural Health Care Program is capped at $400 million annually. Visit the USAC Rural Health Care web site for more information.

Are you located in an FCC-approved rural location?

Healthcare providers can now begin submitting their applications for Funding Year 2016, which begins on July 1st.

January 1, 2016 is the first day to submit FCC Forms 461 (HCF Program) and FCC Forms 465 (Telecom Program) and supporting documentation.

There are three initial criteria an HCP must meet to participate in the Rural Health Care Program:

  • HCP must be a non-profit entity or a public entity.
  • HCP must be located in an FCC-approved rural location.
  • HCP must be an approved type of health care entity.

Once your HCP has been established as an eligible entity, you should ensure that the services you request are eligible for support. Connectivity costs for most telecommunications and Internet services are eligible for support. Review the list of eligible and ineligible services to be certain your service needs are included.

If you have questions about entity eligibility or eligible services, contact your Member Relations Manager or call the RHC Help Desk at (800) 453-1546.