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8/28/2015My Portal Software Updates


The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program deploys software updates to improve usability and functionality in My Portal, the RHC Program's online application management system. 

These updates include features that will expedite the application review process and help applicants maintain RHC Program compliance. The features are also intended to make form submission faster and easier for applicants. Many enhancements are based on applicant feedback.

To view the newest software updates, see the Telecom Program Updates for Applicants and Service Provider Updates.

8/26/2015Third Quarter 2015 RHC Circuit Issued


The 3Q2015 RHC Circuit has been issued. To subscribe, please visit our subscription center.

8/26/2015My Portal Outage Due to System Maintenance: Thursday, August 27


Rural Health Care Program’s My Portal will be unavailable Thursday, August 27, from 5:00-7:30 PM
EDT, for system maintenance. Online forms will not be accessible for health care providers or service
providers. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We
apologize for any inconvenience.

8/10/2015Monthly Updates on Progress Towards Annual Funding Cap


The Rural Health Care Program has an annual cap of $400 million in total support available for telecommunications and broadband funding for the Telecommunications and Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) programs. As part of the total funding cap, there is also a $150 million cap for upfront payments and multi-year commitments. Requests for funding for both the Telecommunications and HCF programs may be submitted beginning during the initial funding request filing period, March 1 – May 30 prior to the beginning of the funding year, and through the end of funding year. USAC will process all requests until funding is exhausted.

To view the most current funding information as of July 31, 2015, check out the funding information pages for the Telecommunications Program and HCF Program.

In order to keep you informed about progress towards reaching the funding caps for Funding Year (FY) 2013, FY2014, and FY2015, RHC Program staff will continue to update these funding cap progress web pages. Estimated commitments are based on HCP funding requests, and are subject to change after USAC review of forms.

8/10/2015My Portal Outage Due to System Maintenance: Thursday, August 13


Rural Health Care Program’s My Portal will be unavailable Thursday, August 13, from 5:00-7:30 PM EDT, for system maintenance. Online forms will not be accessible for health care providers or service providers. During this time, users may be unable to file, certify, and search for certain forms online. We apologize for any inconvenience.

7/31/2015Upcoming Events in Washington, DC


The Rural Health Care Program is offering several training opportunities that are co-located with the American Telemedicine Association's 2015 ATA Fall Forum in Washington, DC.

Join us this September 16-18 for one of these events:

Learn more about these events and sign up in the Trainings & Outreach section of our website.

ATA Fall Forum conference registration is not required to attend the HCF Program training or the feedback groups, however, it is required to visit the exhibit booth and have a one-on-one appointment.

7/27/2015FCC Clarifies Scope of Evergreen Contract Exemption


The FCC released a Public Notice (DA 15-809) on July 10, 2015, clarifying the scope of the evergreen contract exemption for the Rural Health Care Program.

The Healthcare Connect Fund Order states that "if a health care provider (HCP) has a contract designated as evergreen under the Telecommunications Program or Internet Access Program before January 1, 2014, it may choose to seek support for the services provided under the evergreen contract from the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program without undergoing additional competitive bidding, so long as the services are eligible for support under the HCF Program and the HCP complies with all other HCF Program rules and procedures.”

The FCC has clarified that if a contract is deemed as evergreen by USAC under the Telecommunications Program even after January 1, 2014, the contract will be deemed as evergreen for the HCF Program, and vice versa.

With questions about this clarification, contact us.  

6/16/2015Second Quarter 2015 RHC Circuit Issued


The 2Q2015 RHC Circuit has been issued. To subscribe, please visit our subscription center.

6/11/2015Monthly Updates on Progress Towards Annual Funding Cap


The Rural Health Care Program has an annual cap of $400 million in total support available for telecommunications and broadband funding for the Telecommunications and Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) programs. As part of the total funding cap, there is also a $150 million cap for upfront payments and multi-year commitments. Requests for funding for both the Telecommunications and HCF programs may be submitted beginning during the initial funding request filing period, March 1 – May 30 prior to the beginning of the funding year, and through the end of funding year. USAC will process all requests until funding is exhausted. 


To view the most current funding information as of May 31, 2015, check out the funding information pages for the Telecommunications Program and HCF Program.

In order to keep you informed about progress towards reaching the funding caps for FY2013 and FY2014, RHC Program staff will continue to update these funding cap progress web pages. Estimated commitments are based on health care provider funding requests, and are subject to change after USAC's review of forms. 

6/5/2015Important Deadline! FY2014 Funding Request Forms Due June 30


The deadline to submit a funding request for Funding Year 2014 of the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program is Tuesday, June 30, 2015, by 11:59 PM EDT

Health care providers are required to submit these forms and all supporting documentation by June 30, 2015 to receive funding for FY2014 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015). Health care providers that do not submit a funding request form are not eligible for funding for FY2014. 

Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program
Use FCC Form 462 (Funding Request Form) to request HCF Program funding. The health care provider must submit one form per service provider and all supporting documentation by the deadline.

Learn more on the Submit Funding Requests - Individual HCPs and Submit Funding Requests - Consortia web pages. The form, instructions, and best practices are available on the HCF Program Forms page. 

Telecommunications Program
Use FCC Form 466 (Funding Request and Certification Form) to request Telecom Program funding. The health care provider must submit one form per circuit, and all supporting documentation by the deadline.

Learn more on the Submit Funding Requests web page. The form and instructions are available on the Telecom Program Forms page. 

How to Submit
All forms and supporting documentation must be submitted in My Portal, the Rural Health Care Program's online application management system. 

6/1/2015My Portal Software Updates


The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program deploys software updates to improve usability and functionality in My Portal, the RHC Program's online application management system.

These updates include features that will expedite the application review process and help applicants maintain program compliance. The features are also intended to make form submission faster and easier for applicants. Many enhancements are based on feedback.

To view recent software updates, check out the HCF Program Applicant Updates, Telecom Program Applicant Updates, and Service Provider Updates pages.