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Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF

The New Mexico Telehealth Alliance (NMTHA) manages the Southwest Telehealth Access Grid (SWTAG), an FCC approved consortium for funding through the Healthcare Connect Fund.


If you manage one or more healthcare provider sites that serve clients in New Mexico, contact The New Mexico Telehealth Alliance to discuss joining SWTAG.  Advantages to applying as part of SWTAG, including:

  • Lower application and administrative costs via our contract with Prairie Health Ventures

  • Expert advice and a proven track record of funding success

  • Ability to secure funding for a mix of rural and urban sites


  1. Must be a non-profit entity or a public entity.

  2. Must be located in a rural area as defined by the FCC. You can determine the rurality of your site using the Eligible Rural Areas Search Tool.

  3. Must be one of the following types of facilities:

  4. A post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction, such as a teaching hospital or medical school;

  • A community health center or health center providing health care to migrants,

  • A local health department or agency,

  • A community mental health center,

  • A not-for-profit hospital,

  • A rural health clinic,

  • A Dedicated emergency departments of a rural for-profit hospitals,

  • A part-time eligible entity located in a facility that is ineligible,

  • A Skilled Nursing Facility


For background information on the Healthcare Connect Fund visit the HCF web page, related FAQs, and related FCC orders.

The Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF):

  • Newest component of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rural Health Care (RHC) program.

  • Participants may receive up to 65% subsidy.

  • Funding may significantly improve access to patients and other healthcare service providers.

  • Funding recipients must provide a 35% cash match.

*NMTHA contracts with Prairie Health Ventures to manage the application process and other bureaucratic aspects of the Health care Connect Fund. SWTAG members span over 200 sites in several states including many rural and urban HCPs in New Mexico. SWTAG members have secured millions of HCF funding dollars to date. Funding requests for 2021 are currently under development with a request deadline of April 1, 2021.

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