FCC Takes Action to Increase Funding for Rural Health Care Program

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We are pleased to announce that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken action to increase funding for the Rural Health Care program for the current funding year, which began July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018. In addition, the FCC will be seeking public comment on potentially increasing the $400 million annual funding allocation for the Rural Health Care Program, which includes the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) that OCHIN and the California Telehealth Network (CTN) utilize to lower the cost of broadband service for participating sites. This is an encouraging development that comes as a result of OCHIN’s and CTN’s efforts, along with other networks, to get the FCC to increase funding for this important program.

We ask that all OCHIN and CTN sites and stakeholders file comments in support of increasing the current $400 million annual funding level to support continued broadband funding for health care providers in rural and medically underserved communities.

Read the FCC press release and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order.