Healthcare Connect Fund
The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program is the newest component of the FCC's Rural Health Care Program. The HCF Program provides 65 percent of the funding for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity to both individual rural health care providers (HCPs) and consortia, which can include non-rural HCPs (if the consortium has a majority of rural sites).
For new applicants, the filing window opened in the summer of 2013, and funding began on January 1, 2014. Starting in Funding Year 2014 (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015), all applicants will be on the same funding year schedule.
The HCF Program is currently under-subscribed, and the program is going through significant growing pains. USAC has had difficulties processing HCF applications on a timely basis. Funding for the program is capped at $400 M per year, but the program only made $147 M in funding commitments in FY 2013, and disbursed less than $4 M in that year.
SHLB Documents on Healthcare Connect Fund