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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.

Voice and Data

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.

The Process

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

Get Started or sign in to My Portal.


RHC Office Hours Webinars

The RHC Outreach Team will host Office Hour webinars throughout the filing window for FY2022 for the HCF and Telecom Programs. These webinars are designed specifically to get your RHC program questions answered and get live assistance from subject matter experts. We will host two HCF webinars in December to assist applicants with the My Portal Platform...

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RHC Program News

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Submit your FY2022 Funding Requests Now!

The FY2022 Filing Window opens today, December 1, 2021. Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program applicants can now...

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My Portal Platform Update

The new platform used to submit the FCC Form 462 (Funding Request Form) is available for you...

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USAC Customer Support Centers Closed – November 25-26, 2021

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the USAC Customer Support Centers will be closed Thursday, November 25...

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