Rural Health Care

Welcome to the Rural Health Care Program

FY2017 Funding and Proration Information Available Now

The FY2017 Funding and Proration information is available here.

The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program supports health care facilities in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity. It provides up to $400 million annually in reduced rates for broadband and telecom services. There are two subprograms in the RHC Program: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program.

Notice: The FY2018 Filing Window Period will take place from February 1, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. EDT June 29, 2018. More information about filing window periods available here.


The Pilot Program was the precursor to the Healthcare Connect Fund. It is no longer accepting applicants.