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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

Get Started or sign in to My Portal.

Announcements

Eligible Rural Areas Search Tool

The Eligible Rural Areas Search Tool has been removed from the Tools webpage and all other relevant webpages. You can search for a health care provider’s (HCP) rurality and priority tier using the Rurality Tier Search Tool. For more information about how to use this tool, please use the How to Use the Rurality...

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FCC Releases Order 22-40A1 Extending the Deadline for Filing the First Funding Request for...

On January 13, 2022, the FCC released FCC Order DA 22-40A1 extending the deadline for Connected...

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Certain USAC Customer Service Centers Closed – Monday, January 17, 2022

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the customer service centers for E-Rate, Emergency Connectivity Fund,...

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RHC Program News

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Information Requests Impacted by the AWS Log4j Outage

The FCC directed USAC to accept responses to Information Requests with a deadline that lapsed during USAC’s...

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