Healthcare Connect Fund

The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) is the newest component of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care (RHC) program. HCF participants, whether an individual non-profit Health Care Provider (HCP) organization or as a member of a consortium, can receive a 65 percent subsidy for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity, including some network equipment. Funding recipients must provide a 35% cash match. Through access to telemedicine and support of health information exchanges, consortia of HCPs can save costs and expand access to health care services. As a consortium member, urban HCPs can apply for funding.

The New Mexico Telehealth Alliance (NMTHA) manages the Southwest Telehealth Access Grid (SWTAG), an approved consortia for HCF funding.  SWTAG members span over 200 sites in several states including many rural and urban HCPs in New Mexico. The NMTHA contracts with Prairie Health Ventures to manage the application process and other bureaucratic aspects of the HCF.

For more information on the Healthcare Connect Fund please contact us and visit the Healthcare Connect Fund webpage.

FCC Healthcare Connect Fund Order

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