Rural Health Care (RHC) Program

The Rural Health Care (RHC) program provides funding to eligible health care providers (HCPs) to reduce the cost of telehealth broadband and telecom services. RHC has two primary programs: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Programand the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program. New health care providers (HCPs) should make informed decisions about the program(s) they apply to participate in. HCPs can apply to participate in both programs but cannot receive funding for the same circuit in each program.

The Connected Care Pilot Program (CCPP) is a new three-year program that will serve nonprofit and public eligible health care providers located in rural or non-rural areas. The FCC will begin accepting applications later this year and provide application procedure and timing details. To prepare to submit an application, HCPs can take steps now to obtain an eligibility determination by filing an FCC Form 460 with USAC. The CCPP focuses on supporting pilot projects that primarily benefit low-income Americans and Veterans. The three explicit goals for the program are to:

  1. Improve health outcomes through connected care.
  2. Reduce health care costs for patients, facilities, and the health care system.
  3. Support the trend toward connected care everywhere.

HCP sites that USAC has already deemed eligible to participate in the FCC’s Rural Health Care program, or COVID-19 Telehealth Program, may rely on that eligibility determination for the CCPP.

  • Tribally Operated Health Care Facility Requirement. If the health care facility is a contract facility run solely by a Tribal nation, the appropriate Tribal leader, such as a Tribal chairperson, president, governor, or chief, must also sign the Letter of Agency (LOA), unless health care responsibilities have been delegated to another Tribal government representative.

See RHC program videos for more information.