The FCC’s Rural Health Care (RHC) program provides needed financial support for reliable, robust broadband to serve patients in rural markets. The healthcare marketplace changed dramatically and permanently due to the COVID pandemic, and the RHC program needs systematic improvements to accommodate the surge in telemedicine.
Petition for Limited Waiver of the Rural Health Care Invoice Filing Deadline WC Docket No. 02-60 Letter of Support
December 22, 2023
SHLB - Ex Parte - Draft Rural Health Care Order
December 5, 2023
SHLB Reply Comments - Promoting Telehealth in Rural America - Second FNPRM
May 22, 2023
SHLB Comments before the FCC in the Matter of Promoting Telehealth in Rural America
April 24, 2023
SHLB Ex Parte - RHC Program Draft Order and FNPRM (Starks, Carr, & Simington Offices)
January 19, 2023
June 2, 2022
The SHLB Coalition wrote to the FCC reiterating the Rural Health Care program suggestions made in SHLB's recent comments and reply comments.
May 16, 2022
In our reply comments, the SHLB Coalition asked the FCC to increase the RHC program cap, eliminate or reform the internal cap, expand the definition of rurality, and other actions that would improve the program.
Comments on the FNPRM about Rural Health Care Program rules
April 14, 2022
The SHLB Coalition submitted comments in response to the FCC's Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Rural Health Care Program. The comments include recommendations about the Telecom Program rates database, defining rurality, and reforming the internal and overall cap.
March 22, 2022
The SHLB Coalition wrote to the FCC requesting that it publish non-confidential RHC program funding demand data. SHLB also asked that the FCC extend the deadline to file comments for the recent FNPRM.