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FCC plans to consider a funding boost for rural telehealth programs in 2017 and beyond

FierceHealthcare, November 27, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to increase funding for its Rural Health Care Program, as demand is projected to outpace the available capital for the second straight year.

The FCC issued (PDF) a notice of proposed rulemaking and order last week that would provide an immediate boost to the program’s $400 million annual cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017, along with a longer-term proposal to increase the program’s funding limit. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai added the proposal to the tentative agenda for the agency’s next open meeting on Dec. 14.

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