Fund Owner: Federal Communications Commission
Fund Administrator: Universal Service Administrative Company
The Consolidated Appropriations Act provided over $249 million to fund a second round of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which provides funding to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to support the telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices needed to provide critical connected care. On March 30, 2021, the FCC issued a R&O establishing the framework for the distribution of the $249.95 million for round two funding for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The R&O addresses topics such as, a system for rating applications, factoring in the hardest hit and lowest income areas, Tribal communities, health care provider shortage areas, unfunded Round 1 applicants, and equitable nationwide distribution of funding.
August 26, 2021: The FCC announced new awards totaling nearly $42 million to health care providers in every state and territory.
April 15, 2021: The FCC announced the application window for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, April 29 to May 6, 2021.
The Round 2 application window closed on May 6, 2021.
- Healthcare Facilities
Impact in Colorado
Peak Vista Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center operating 28 facilities in rural and urban areas in and around Colorado Springs, Colorado was awarded $999,565 for devices to provide medical and behavioral health care via telemedicine to patients who may face significant barriers to care, including lack of health insurance, transportation, or housing (announced 8/26/2021).