FCC Commissioners Approve Funding Increase for Rural Telehealth Program / by AzHHA

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel

The Federal Communications Commission commissioners (FCC) have voted unanimously to increase funding for the Rural Health Care Program by $171 million. These funds will help healthcare providers get the connectivity they need to better serve patients throughout rural communities. The FCC will increase the program's annual cap to $571 million. This increase represents what the funding level would be today had the cap, which was established in 1997, included an inflation adjustment. The order also will adjust the cap annually for inflation and allow unused funds from prior years to be carried forward to future years.