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Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program

Universal Service Administrative Company
Jun 1, 2021

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Rural Health Care (RHC) Telecommunications Program provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to telecommunications and voice services for the use of telemedicine and telehealth.


Rural public or nonprofit healthcare providers (HCPs) are eligible.

Eligible entities include:

  • Post-secondary educational institutions offering healthcare instruction, such as teaching hospitals or medical schools,
  • Community health centers or health centers providing healthcare to migrants
  • Local health departments or agencies
  • Community mental health centers
  • Nonprofit hospitals
  • Rural health clinics, including mobile clinics
  • Dedicated emergency rooms of rural for-profit hospitals
  • Skilled nursing facilities
  • A consortium of healthcare providers that includes at least one of the facilities mentioned above
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Rural rate calculation for voice and data is determined using an urban/rural differential.

Application process

To apply, follow the step-by-step process listed on the program website.

The filing window for FY2021 will take place from January 4 - June 1, 2021.

Rural Health Care technical assistance page

May 14, 2021 funding request office hours
(Registration required)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

May 26, 2021 funding request office hours
(Registration required)
January 29, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Tagged as
Broadband · Health information technology · Healthcare facilities · Telehealth

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.