COVID-19 Telehealth Program
The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provided 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. The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) provided an additional $249.95 million to fund a second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.
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.
The application filing window for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program closed on May 6, 2021.Round 2 funding aimed to prioritize applications to serve sites located in Tribal areas given the obstacles to broadband deployment that Tribal lands face and the significantly higher risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.
See COVID-19 Telehealth Program for more information.