1. What is the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program?
In March 2020, Congress allocated $200 million to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to design a program that helps health care providers offer telehealth services to patients in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program was created to fund the adoption of telehealth software and connected devices, helping providers deliver critical connected care services, especially in some of the hardest hit areas.
In December 2020, Congress appropriated an additional $249.95 million for a second round of funding for the program under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The FCC has since collected public feedback to guide this year’s evaluation and approval process and is expected to announce applications shortly.
Since the 2021 application has yet to open, we have no specific information on how to apply for this year’s funding. Once applications open, however, distributions may be on a first-come, first-served basis. If your organization is interested in applying this year, we recommend reviewing the resources below and making any necessary preparations ahead of time. Join our webinar learn how you can prepare. Register Now →
2. Overview of the FCC Telehealth Program from 2020.
3. Application Resources from 2020
In conjunction with completing an application, applicants from 2020 must:
4. Additional Resources for 2021 Telehealth Funding
5. Recent Updates
March 30, 2021 — The FCC adopted the Report and Order to implement Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act. The application window is expected to open within 30 days of release of the Order, and the FCC will provide notice in advance of that date. For more information about the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth program, click here.
April 6, 2021 — The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved the process for distributing nearly $250 million in the next round of COVID Telehealth funding. The agency is expected to begin accepting applications within the next 30 days. We’ll continue to monitor for any updates regarding specific dates or timelines. Additionally, the FCC has released a document detailing a rating system for more specific details on how applications may be evaluated.