Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) can begin the process to obtain Rural Health Care Program funding starting on January 1, 2017. To apply as an individual health care provider (not in a consortium), your facility must also be:
To learn more about the additional requirements of the RHC Program, go to Determine Eligibility (HCF) or Eligibility (Telecom) pages. SNFs are subject and must adhere to the same eligibility and program rules as other applicants.
The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program supports eligible health care providers in bringing world class medical care to rural areas through increased connectivity. It provides up to $400 million per funding year in reduced rates for broadband and telecommunications services consistent with the FCC rules.
There are two subprograms in the RHC Program: the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program and the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program.
If you have questions about which subprogram is right for you, contact the RHC Help Desk via email or at (800) 453-1546 for help getting started.
A SNF is defined by Section 1819(a) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 1395i-3(a), as follows:
"An institution (or a distinct part of an institution) which--
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