On June 6, 2018, Chairman Pai circulated a draft Order proposing an increase in funding for the Rural Health Care Program by $171M, bringing total annual funding to $571M. Yesterday, the FCC announced that the draft Order received majority support by the other Commissioners.
Karen Lee, the current VP of the Rural Healthcare Program will be departing USAC to pursue other opportuntities. Mark Sweeney, the current Chief Administrative Offier at USAC will be stepping into that role, effective Monday, June 18, 2018.
The slow-motion crisis in the FCC’s Rural Health Care Universal Service Support Program (RHC) has continued to unfold this Spring. With funding requests for Funding Year 2018 due by June 29, 2018, healthcare providers are down to the last few days when it is even theoretically possible to file a Form 461 or 465 request for supported services.