FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

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Program FAQ

Program summary:

  • The in 2020, Congress appropriated $200 million in funding for the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program through the CARES Act. In December, another $249.95 million was given to the program through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. The program will help healthcare providers connect to patients at their homes or mobile locations.
    • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is open to both rural and non-rural eligible health care provider sites that treat patients (private and for-profit entities not eligible). The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers that fall within the categories of health care providers in section 254(h)(7)(B) of the 1996 Act:
      • post-secondary educational institutions offering health care instruction, teaching hospitals, and medical schools;
      • community health centers or health centers providing health care to migrants;
      • local health departments or agencies;
      • community mental health centers;
      • not-for-profit hospitals;
      •  rural health clinics;
      • skilled nursing facilities; or
      • consortia of health care providers consisting of one or more entities falling into the first seven categories. 
  • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will only fund devices (e.g., pulse oximetry, blood pressure monitoring devices, etc.) that are themselves connected, and will not fund unconnected devices that patients can use at home and then manually report the results to their medical professional.  Connected devices may include devices with Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, including devices that connect to a consumer’s phone, for example.