Rural Health Care

Step 4 Submit Funding Requests

Once the most cost-effective service provider(s) and services have been selected, the health care provider (HCP) should complete and submit the FCC Form 466 (Funding Request and Certification Form). The FCC Form 466 specifies the type of service(s) ordered, cost, name of service provider(s), and terms of the service agreement(s), and certifies that the selections were the most cost-effective offers received. One form should be used for each service (or circuit).

On the FCC Form 466, an HCP may request telecommunications support based strictly on its circuit distance (mileage-based charges) or may request support based on the difference between what it pays and what an equivalent circuit would cost in any city with a population of 50,000 or more in the health care provider's state.

Submit this form with supporting documentation.

To obtain the information and documentation necessary to complete the FCC Form 466, the HCP may need to work with the selected service provider. The service provider may need to provide detailed circuit information, a circuit diagram, a documented urban rate, or contract information.

All certification boxes must be checked on the FCC Form 466. Once the FCC Form 466 and all related documentation have been completed, the HCP should submit all documents to USAC for review. Submit the forms and supporting documentation via My Portal.

Applicants are prohibited from submitting funding requests for the same service (circuit) in the Telecommunications Program and the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program. Forms with missing or incomplete information or documentation cannot be processed. USAC reviews the form(s) and supporting documentation for accuracy and completeness, and will contact the HCP if there are any questions or missing information. Health care provider and service provider representatives are strongly encouraged to respond to these USAC information requests in a timely manner as incomplete forms cannot be processed, and non-responsiveness will result in a denial of funding.

When to Submit

The FCC Form 466 must be submitted by the close of a funding request filing window period to be considered for full or partial funding. RHC Program filing window periods are fixed periods during which all requests received are treated as having been filed simultaneously for purposes of making funding commitment determinations. All qualifying funding requests (i.e., FCC Form 466) submitted by the close of the filing window period are guaranteed to receive at least a percentage of the funding requested. USAC will make funding decisions after the close of each filing window period.

While applicants cannot submit funding request forms outside of a filing window period, they can initiate and save these forms in My Portal before the filing window period opens.

Resubmitting recalled forms: If you recall an FCC Form 466 during the filing window period, you can resubmit during that same filing window period. If you recall an FCC Form 466 after the filing window period closes, you will not be able to resubmit it unless another filing window period opens.