On April 2, 2020, the FCC adopted a new telehealth program. This is a $200 million program that will provide immediate support to healthcare providers and patients across the country in direct response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This Telehealth Program will help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, and devices necessary for providing telehealth services. Funding applications from healthcare providers will be processed on a rolling basis.
The FCC has also adopted a Connected Care Pilot Program that will provide up to $100 million of support. The support comes from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to help defray health care providers’ costs of providing connected-care services and to help assess how the USF can be used in the long-term to support telehealth.
For more information, please visit the FCC website here.