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Industry Voices – Providers need to prepare for FCC changes to Rural Health Care Program

The Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Health Care (RHC) fund is suddenly quite popular.

After years of undersubscription, the last two funding years have finally seen healthcare provider demand for RHC funds far outstrip the current $400 million annual cap on grants. As a result of this demand spike, the FCC recently proposed a number of measures to tighten funding requirements, especially in the RHC’s Telecom Program.

The most significant proposal affecting both the Healthcare Connect Fund and the Telecom Program would prioritize grantee eligibility based on rurality, economic need or service type.

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