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FCC Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Funding Application

Hospitals and other eligible providers interested in applying for funding through the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) COVID-19 Telehealth Program can now apply through the FCC’s online application portal. In previous guidance, the FCC outlined the necessary documentation and steps interested parties should prepare before submitting an application.

The FCC announced details of the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program, funded through the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, in an April 2 order. Through this program, eligible health care providers can apply for funding for information services, telecommunications services, and devices to provide telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers must take three initial steps to qualify for payments:

  • if the provider does not already have an eligibility determination, apply to the Universal Service Administration Company for such a determination on an FCC Form 460;
  • obtain a FCC registration number through the Commission Registration System; and
  • register with the federal system for award management.

The application also requires provider information; types of medical services to be provided; types of conditions to be treated through the funding; items for which funding is being requested; and supporting documentation on the costs of the items or services to be purchased.

Visit the America’s Essential Hospitals coronavirus resource page for more information about the outbreak.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


About the Author

Shahid Zaman is a senior policy analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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