How It Works
The Rural Health Care Program funds two types of services.
You can apply for funding for Voice and Data, Broadband, or both.
If you need voice and other telecommunication services, you may be eligible for funding through the Telecommunications Program.
Discount Rate: Determined using the urban/rural differential.
If you need broadband services, network equipment, etc., you may be eligible for funding through the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program.
Discount Rate: Flat 65% discount on eligible expenses.
These steps will help you navigate the process to get funding.
Determine your eligibility
Develop evaluation criteria and request services
Evaluate bids and select a service provider
Submit a funding request
Certify service start and end dates
Work with your service provider to invoice USAC
FCC Releases Order 21-394: Waives Use of Rates Database for Telecom Program Applicants for...
Apr 8, 2021
On April 8, 2021, the FCC released Order DA 21-394, waiving the requirement that health care providers and service providers participating in the Telecommunications (Telecom) Program use the Rates Database to calculate urban and rural rates for funding years 2021 and 2022.
In addition, the Order grants the following extensions for...Read More
RHC Program Inflation-Based Cap Announced for FY2021
Mar 22, 2021
The RHC Program funding cap for funding year 2021 is $612,016,418.
The internal cap for upfront payments and...
FCC Releases Order DA 21-168: FY2021 Filing Window Extended
Feb 12, 2021
On February 12, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released Order 21-168, waiving section 54.621(a)(1) of the...Read More