Healthcare organizations must complete a form to determine eligibility for Healthcare Connect Funds (HCF).
What types of healthcare organizations are eligible for funds from the Healthcare Connect Fund?
According to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), your healthcare facility or site(s) must meet the following requirements:
1. Must be a public or non-profit organization
2. Must be one of these types of facilities:
Also eligible are off-site data centers and administrative offices that you use for healthcare purposes. USAC also provides support for connections used by eligible HCPs between.
Consortium groups of healthcare sites can apply as one entity. Each consortium has one consortium leader who files the HCF forms on behalf of the everyone in the consortium.
Each site or facility in the consortium must meet the first two of the eligibility criteria listed above. This includes being a non-profit or public facility. Both rural and non-rural healthcare facilities can receive funding as long as they are members of the consortium and as long as more than 50% of the consortium’s members are rural sites.
Services that are eligible for reimbursement:
Eligible equipment includes:
Expenses associated with network design, engineering, operations, installation, and construction of the network.
The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) can reduce your healthcare organization’s broadband expenses with up to a 65% discount on all eligible expenses.
For a detailed explanation of eligible expenses, go to the Federal Communications Commission website.
On this web page, the Federal Communications Commission has a full list of answers for frequently asked questions about the Healthcare Connect Fund. This includes more detailed information about eligibility for the HCF.