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Information on Second Round of COVID-19 Telehealth Program

In a newly issued report and order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided more information on the application and evaluation process for the second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Congress appropriated an additional nearly $250 million for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program in the 2020 year-end spending bill. 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.

In the report and order, FCC notes it will open the application window within 30 days. Unlike the first round of the program, during which applications for funding were submitted and approved on a rolling basis, the FCC will accept applications by a to-be-determined deadline, after which it will consider all applications.

FCC will evaluate each application based on a rating system, which will assign points based on varying factors; the maximum 15 points will go to providers in areas hardest hit by COVID-19, providers in low-income areas, unfunded applicants from round one. Additionally, FCC will award 10 points for disproportionate share hospitals. In contrast to round one, the agency will give round-two applicants the opportunity to supplement their applications with additional information if necessary.

Providers can prepare to apply by:

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

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

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

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