There are three initial criteria a health care provider (HCP) must meet to participate in the Rural Health Care Program.
- HCPs must be one of the following types of entities:
- Post-secondary educational institutions offering health care instruction, such as teaching hospitals and medical schools,
- Community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants,
- Local health departments or agencies,
- Community mental health centers (See eligibility criteria),
- Not-for-profit hospitals,
- Rural health clinics,
- Consortia of HCPs consisting of one or more of the above entities,
- Dedicated emergency departments of rural for-profit hospitals,
- Part-time eligible entities located in facilities that are ineligible, or
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) (effective January 1, 2017).
- HCPs must be a not-for-profit entity or a public entity.
- HCPs must be located in an FCC-approved rural location.
Once your HCP has been established as eligible, you should ensure that the services you request are eligible for support.