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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.

Broadband

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.

1

Determine your eligibility

2

Develop evaluation criteria and request services

3

Evaluate bids and select a service provider

4

Submit a funding request

5

Certify service start and end dates

6

Work with your service provider to invoice USAC

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Announcements

My Portal Platform Update

USAC is excited to share that the platform used to submit the FCC Form 462 (Funding Request Form) is being updated for Funding Year 2022 to improve user experience. The new platform—which is the web-based system used to host the form—will be easier to navigate and will allow RHC program reviewers to approve funding requests faster and...

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Certain Customer Support Centers Closed – Oct. 11

In observance of the federal holiday, the customer support centers for E-rate, High Cost, Rural Health Care,...

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RHC Program News for October

View the October Newsletter

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FCC Releases Order 21-1107 Granting Relief to RHC Participants Affected by Hurricane Ida

On September 3, 2021, the FCC issued Order DA 21-1107 waiving certain RHC...

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RHC Program News for September

View the September Newsletter.

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