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 20-345: FY2020 Filing Window Extended, Additional Relief Provided to HCPs Due...
Mar 26, 2020
On March 26, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released Order 20-345, granting additional relief to Rural Health Care (RHC) Program participants to ensure that health care providers (HCPs) have the resources they need to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the Order takes following actions: (1) extends the FY2020 RHC Program application filing window until...Read More
USAC Remains Open for Business – DC Office Closed
Mar 16, 2020
At USAC, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees, contractors, and stakeholders during...Read More
FCC Announces Increase to Rural Health Care Funding for FY2019
Mar 13, 2020
The total Rural Health Care Program demand for FY2019 was $719.48 million, which exceeded the $677.29 million...Read More
FCC Announces FY2020 Funding Cap
Mar 12, 2020
On March 12, 2020 the FCC released Public Notice DA 20-263, announcing the RHC Program funding cap...Read More