COVID-19 Update: USAC remains open for business—Washington, DC office closed. Learn more about USF program responses.

COVID-19 Telehealth Program

The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides funding to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support the telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices needed to provide critical connected care. The program – established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – provided $200 million in funding to help health care providers provide telehealth and connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021: Second Round of Funding

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) provided an additional $249.95 million to fund a second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. Congress directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to seek comment on how to commit the new funding.

On March 30, the FCC released a Report and Order setting forth details about the  second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. In February, the FCC found it was in the public interest to use the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to administer the program’s second round.

2020: First Round of Funding

The FCC stopped accepting applications for the initial round of COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding on June 25, 2020. The initial round of funding provided support to more than 500 health care facilities.

More information about the initial round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is available at: https://www.fcc.gov/covid-19-telehealth-program.

Stay Informed

To receive outreach about the COVID-19 Telehealth program, including information on the application process and invitations to trainings,  please sign up for the COVID-19 Telehealth email list.