FCC Announces COVID-19 Telehealth Program Second Round of Funding

The FCC has announced a second round of funding under the COVID-19 Telehealth Program. An additional $250 million was made available under the recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This amount is larger than the original appropriation amount associated with the authorization of the Program in the 2019 CARES Act.

See a discussion of the new funding round here.

Note that in the Appropriations Act Congress required the FCC to target COVID-19 impact areas in a more systematic manner. The FCC has responded in two ways. It has established a set of funding priorities. See Pages 18 et seq of this document and see this document: FCC Telehealth Evaluation Metrics

Note the emphasis on health safety net facilities including CAHs. Additional emphasis on COVID-19 Hotspots and Sustained Hotspots. These are defined on this slide: CDC Hotspot Definition

The FCC will also be holding all applications for a single review rather than assessing applications as they are received. This should provide an equitable review for applicants with fewer resources unable to rapidly prepare a submission. The application window will be announced by the end of April 2021 with a likely deadline date in June 2021.