Welcome to RHC Connect – FCC Form 461
RHC Connect is the web-based system used to host the form, and was updated for Funding Year 2022 to improve user experience. This modernized portal is easier to navigate and allows RHC program reviewers to approve funding requests faster, so that you can benefit from the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program sooner.
RHC Connect bridges the gap between our external stakeholders and the resources to obtain Universal Service Fund (USF) funding. This funding helps to connect rural communities with healthcare services, and represents USAC’s commitment to transparency, customer service, and communication with our applicants. Providing these connections is the sum total of what the RHC program supports: healthcare provider (HCP) applicants, service providers, and the rural communities they represent.
New Look, Same Form
Although the platform has changed, the FCC Form 461 itself did not. To submit your request for services (FCC Form 461), you are asked the same questions and need to provide the same information as in years past. No preparation for the platform change is required by you.
For a step-by-step walkthrough of how to submit your FCC Form 461 in RHC Connect, utilize the RHC Connect User Guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
What changes were made to RHC Connect?
RHC Connect has a new look and feel that is more intuitive and user-friendly. It is easier to navigate the form for submission, and it is easier for RHC program reviewers to review and approve forms.
Did the FCC Form 461 change?
No, the FCC Form 461 itself did not change – only the platform is changed. The questions on the form and the information required of applicants remain the same.
Who is impacted by this change?
Currently, only participants of the HCF Program are impacted by this change. RHC Connect is used for FY2022 and future funding years. Applicants who participate in the Telecom Program or CCPP are not impacted, unless they also participate in the HCF Program. Only HCF applications are impacted, all other applications continue to utilize My Portal.
Can I still make updates or changes to my FCC Forms 460 in My Portal?
Yes, please verify in My Portal that all account holder information is accurate and up-to-date. USAC will import this data to pre-populate the FCC Forms 461 and 462.