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CMS Releases New and Expanded Flexibilities for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Friday, April 17, 2020

To provide as much support as possible to RHCs and FQHCs and their patients during the COVID-19 PHE, both Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made several changes to the RHC and FQHC requirements and payments. These changes are for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE.  CMS will make additional discretionary changes as necessary to assure that RHC and FQHC patients have access to the services they need during the pandemic. For additional information, please see the CMS RHC/FQHC COVID-19 FAQs.
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Proposed Legislation to Significantly Expand FCC Rural Health Care Program
Friday, April 10, 2020 Legislative Updates

Representatives Anna Eshoo (D-California) and Don Young (R-Alaska) have jointly sponsored a bill to significantly expand funding for the FCC's Rural Healthcare Program.  The bill, if it becomes law, will add $2B to program for fiscal year 2020 with carryover of unused funds for up to two additional years.  The bill also raises the discount rate for eligible expenses from 65 to 85% and makes other changes that expand program eligibility and filing windows.  Click here to view the full text of the bill as originally introducedClick here to track the bill.
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