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FCC Proposes Telehealth Pilot Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $100 million pilot program to bring telehealth services to low-income patients, veterans, and areas lacking adequate health care.

The Connected Care Pilot Program would last three years and provide a total of $100 million in support to eligible health care providers to expand broadband internet access to offer telehealth services to low-income patients and veterans. The FCC definition of eligible health care providers includes local health departments and nonprofit hospitals.

The agency also aims to collect meaningful data about the use of telehealth services provided over broadband for low-income Americans and veterans, and to provide insight on how to better target funds to promote adoption of telehealth services.

In the notice of proposed rulemaking, FCC seeks comments on details of the proposed pilot, including what services will to cover and how many projects to fund. Comments are due 30 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Rachel Schwartz is a policy associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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