formerly known as SPIN). This is acquired by submitting an FCC Form 498." />

Rural Health Care

FCC Form 498

The FCC Form 498 is used to collect remittance, payment, and contact information for service providers. This information helps USAC determine whether service providers are eligible to receive program disbursements. Service providers participating in a universal service program must use the most current FCC Form 498 to to revise their information or file for the first time. Once a service provider files the FCC Form 498 for the first time, they will receive their 498 ID (formerly known as SPIN). For more information on the FCC Form 498, visit the Obtain a 498 ID page in the service provider's section of the USAC website.

FCC Form 498 and the HCF Program

Service providers that plan to participate in the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program must check the box in Block 18 of the Form 498, "Certification to Assist Health Care Providers," to certify their agreement. USAC will not pay service providers participating in the HCF Program if this box is not checked.

Reimbursement Method

Service providers may elect to either treat the amount eligible for support as an offset against their universal service contribution obligation, or to receive direct reimbursement from USAC. Service providers will automatically receive reimbursement as an offset against their universal service contribution requirement unless they change their method of reimbursement. Service providers that would like to receive direct reimbursement should uncheck Box 95 in Block 17.