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Healthcare Connect Fund

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The FCC's newest component of the Rural Health Care (RHC) program: 

  • Funding may significantly improve access for patients and service providers.

  • Participants may receive a subsidy of up to 65%.

  • Funding recipients must provide 35% cash match.

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


If you manage one or more healthcare provider sites serving clients in New Mexico, contact NMTHA to discuss joining SWTAG.  Advantages to applying to SWTAG via NMTHA include:

  • Lower application and administrative costs.*

  • Access to expert funding advice for a mix of rural and urban sites.

  • Professional assistance with proven track record of funding success.


Eligible healthcare sites must meet all three following criteria:

  1. Non-profit or public entity

  2. In a rural area (as defined by the FCC: Eligible Rural Areas Search Tool

  3. Designated type of facility:

  • Post-secondary educational institution offering health care instruction (e.g., teaching hospital, medical school)

  • Community health center or health center providing services to migrants

  • Dedicated emergency department of a rural for-profit hospital

  • Local health department or agency

  • Community mental health center

  • Not-for-profit hospital

  • Skilled nursing facility

  • Rural health clinic

  • Part-time eligible entity located in an ineligible facility

*NMTHA contracts with Prairie Health Ventures to manage the application process and other bureaucratic aspects of the HCF. SWTAG members span over 200 sites in several States including many rural and urban facilities in New Mexico. SWTAG members have secured millions of HCF funding dollars to date. Current funding requests are under development.

For additional information about the Healthcare Connect Fund, please consult the following resources:

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