FCC Opens Telehealth Application Process Monday

The FCC isn't letting any grass grow under the $200 million telehealth program that Congress funded via the CARES Act COVID-19 aid bill. 

It said Friday (April 10) that it would start accepting application for that money starting Monday (April 13) at noon. 

The $200 million emergency plan allows eligible healthcare providers to use FCC subsidy money to buy telecommunications broadband connectivity and devices, both to help COVID-19 patients, including those in self-isolation and quarantine, and others with underlying conditions who don't want to risk a trip to the doctor. 

Related: FCC Approves Framework for Telehealth Initiatives 

Applications will be accepted via a dedicated online portal, which will not be available until Monday. 

For help with that application, the FCC will post a video "explainer" on Monday here. 

“The FCC is moving quickly to distribute this funding to help health care providers and patients across the country during the coronavirus pandemic,” said chairman Pai. “Given the importance of social distancing, telehealth is more important than ever, so we are pleased to do our part to help healthcare providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, and devices necessary for providing connected care.” 

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.