The applying health care provider (HCP) and the requested services must both be eligible for support. There are three initial criteria an HCP must meet to be considered eligible:
In addition, broadband connections associated with off-site data centers and off-site administrative offices that are used by eligible health care providers for their health care purposes are eligible for funding.
Each HCP site or location is considered an individual HCP for purposes of calculating support under the RHC Program. Each site must thus demonstrate that by itself, it is an eligible entity.
Each applicant must submit an FCC Form 460 (Eligibility and Registration Form) even if it has been deemed eligible to participate in another component of the RHC Program (Telecommunications Program or Pilot Program). The FCC Form 460 may be submitted at any time during the funding year, and only needs to be filed once to establish eligibility. Third party authorizations (TPAs) must be submitted with the FCC Form 460. For more information about requirements, see the Third Party Authorization page.
The FCC Form 460 must be filed prior to filing FCC Forms 461, 462, or 463. If any information on the FCC Form 460 changes, such as the applicant's physical location, statistical information, or eligible entity type, a new FCC Form 460 must be filed within 30 days.
All FCC forms and supporting documentation must be submitted through My Portal, the RHC Program application management system.
Once an applicant has been approved as eligible, they should ensure that the services being requested are eligible for support. The applicant must follow all posting for services and competitive bidding requirements before entering into a contract with a service provider.