Rural Health Care

5/16/2017E-File Outage Due to System Maintenance: May 18

USAC's E-File system will be unavailable for 498 and 499 users on Thursday, May 18, from 9:00-11:00 PM ET, for system maintenance. FCC Forms for contributors and service providers will not be accessible. During this time, users will be unable to file, certify, and search for FCC Forms 498 and 499 online. 

EPC, HUBB, My Portal, NLAD, and High Cost/Lifeline forms will not be affected by this outage. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4/10/2017FY2016 Commitments to be Issued for Requests Filed During the Sep–Nov Filing Window Period

After a comprehensive review of funding request forms (FCC Forms 462 and 466) received during the second filing window period for FY2016 (i.e., September 1 – November 30, 2016), USAC will begin issuing funding commitment letters (FCLs) today, based on the total dollar value of all qualifying funding requests received during the September – November 2016 filing window period. The total dollar value of all qualifying funding requests received during this filing window period was $274,725,249. 

Because this amount exceeds the RHC Program funding available of $254,255,017 at the beginning of the September – November filing window period, funding requests submitted during the September – November filing window period will receive a pro-rated percentage of the qualifying funding requested. The pro-rata percentage for the FY2016 September – November filing window period is 92.5% (reduction of 7.5%) for the qualifying funding requests. The exact amount of funding each qualifying funding request will receive will be detailed in the FCLs. Please be sure to review the FCL and verify that all information is accurate.
For more information:
-  View the FY2016 funding webinar recording
-  Read about the calculation of the pro-rata factor for the September – November filing window period
-  See FY2016 Funding Information

3/31/2017First Quarter 2017 RHC Circuit Issued

The First Quarter 2017 RHC Circuit has been issued. To subscribe, please visit our subscription center.

3/1/2017FY2017 Filing Window Open

The initial Filing Window Period for FY2017 opens March 1, 2017! Applicants can now submit funding request forms (FCC Forms 462 and 466) through June 30, 2017.

To ensure you receive funding, submit your funding requests by June 30, 2017, but we encourage applicants to submit their funding requests early.

Funding request forms (FCC Form 462 in the HCF Program and FCC Form 466 in the Telecom Program) provide information about the services selected through the FCC Form 461 and 465 competitive bidding processes and certify that those services were the most cost-effective option of the offers received. USAC uses information provided on these forms to calculate and issue funding commitments.

USAC will process funding request forms during funding request filing window periods, but will not make funding commitments for forms submitted during a filing window period until after that funding window period has ended.

USAC will continue to accept and process all other RHC Program application forms (i.e., FCC Forms 460, 461, 463, 465, 467, and Telecom invoice) throughout the funding year.

2/10/2017FCC Waives Bidding Rules for Certain HCPs Served by Network Services Solutions for FY2016

On February 10, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an order (DA 17-164) waiving sections 54.603; 54.615; and 54.642 of the FCC competitive bidding rules governing the Rural Health Care (RHC) Telecommunications and Healthcare Connect Fund Programs (collectively, RHC Programs) for certain health care providers (HCPs).

Pursuant to the waiver, affected HCPs have the option of receiving funding for a new service provider from the date a new funding request was submitted through the end of FY2016 (June 30, 2017). These HCPs will not need to submit a new request for services (FCC Form 465 or FCC Form 461) to seek competitive bids for the most cost-effective service provider, but will need to submit a new funding request (FCC Form 466 or FCC Form 462) and any documentation required for the relevant FCC Forms.  

To see if you are covered by the FCC’s waiver order, please check the Appendix attached to the order.  Only those HCPs and funding request numbers contained in the Appendix are covered.

Questions? Contact us!

For questions or more information about the waiver, please email RHC Assist