Rural Healthcare

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.

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SHLB Reply Comments - Promoting Telehealth in Rural America - Second FNPRM

May 22, 2023

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SHLB Comments before the FCC in the Matter of Promoting Telehealth in Rural America

April 24, 2023

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SHLB Ex Parte - RHC Program Draft Order and FNPRM (Starks, Carr, & Simington Offices)

January 19, 2023

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Ex parte letter to the FCC regarding the RHC FNPRM
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.


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Reply comments to the FCC regarding the RHC FNPRM
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.


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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.



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Ex Parte letter to the FCC re: FNPRM deadline extension
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.



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Key Documents

March 2020
Promoting Telehealth for Low-Income Consumers / COVID-19 Telehealth Program


October 2019
Promoting Telehealth in Rural America


Telehealth Policy Group

Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 ET


Marci White
RedBud Telecom Consulting 

Lesley LeFile
Independent Health Network (IHN)

Meeting Notes

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