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News by Topic: Funding

Mar 31, 2020 - Announcement from USDA's Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing Service, and Rural-Business Cooperative Service temporarily allowing lenders with guaranteed loans to unilaterally offer payment deferrals to their customers who may be experiencing cash flow problems due to the coronavirus pandemic. This policy is effective March 31, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 30, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan for a COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which includes $200 million to support healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program would help providers purchase telehealth equipment and necessary bandwidth to provide remote care to uninfected patients.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Mar 30, 2020 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service has extended the application window for the Rural eConnectivity Pilot Program (ReConnect Program) to April 15, 2020. The program provides grants and loans to facilitate broadband development in rural areas.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 28, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating healthcare providers and suppliers to lessen the financial hardships of providers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Includes qualification requirements for providers to receive payments.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 26, 2020 - Summarizes the third in a series of three bills passed by the Senate in response to COVID-19. Lists important provisions, including additional funds to support rural hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, community health centers, and Indian Health Services, as well as the expansion of telehealth.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Mar 26, 2020 - Highlights provisions for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act passed on March 25th, 2020. Includes details on the Small Business Adminstration's 7(a) loan program, the expansion of the Medicare accelerated payment program, and extended funding for several healthcare programs.
Source: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
Mar 25, 2020 - The American Hospital Association (AHA) provides details on public assistance (PA) funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Describes program eligibility and covers the PA program application process for hospitals and healthcare systems.
Source: American Hospital Association
Mar 25, 2020 - Provides overview of the $2 Trillion stimulus package the Senate approved to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes details on funding to expand services and capacity for rural hospitals, funding to help procure personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical supplies, and other provisions impacting states.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators
Mar 25, 2020 - The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Business-Cooperative Service has extended the deadline for funding available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for FY 2020. Applications are now due April 15, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 25, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture