FCC Awards Additional $42 Million to Telehealth Providers
By: Emily H. Lineweaver
On November 9, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its approval of an additional $42.16 million in funding for 75 applicants in Round 2 of the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program. This announcement brings the total now awarded under the program to $166.13 million. Round 2 is a $249.95 million federal initiative, building on the $200 million program established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The goal is to support health care providers in their efforts to serve patients “by providing reimbursement for telecommunications services, information services and connected devices necessary to enable telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic.” As outlined in the program, “now that $150 million has been allotted, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau issued a Public Notice announcing an opportunity for all remaining applicants to supplement their applications, as required by Congress.” The remaining applicants have 10 days to supplement their applications, at which time the FCC will commit the remaining program funding. For additional information on the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program, click here.