FCC Adopts $200 Million COVID-19 Telehealth Program
On April 2, 2020 the Federal Communications Commission adopted Report and Order 20-44. Recognizing that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic represents extraordinary and unprecedented public health challenges, the FCC took necessary steps to adopt a new $200 Million COVID-19 program that will provide immediate support to health care providers and patients across the country.
The COVID-19 Telehealth Program, funded through a recent Congressional appropriation, will immediately support health care providers responding to the pandemic by providing funding for telecommunications services, information services, and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services, on a temporary basis. A separate Connected Care Pilot Program will provide up to $100 million of support from the Universal Service Fund (USF) to help defray health care providers’ costs of providing connected care services and to help assess how the USF can be used in the long-term to support telehealth