Looks like there may be more funds for the Rural Health Care Program – FCC Chair Ajit Pai is interested in making that happen…
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced today that he has circulated a draft order to his colleagues that would take immediate action to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program.
The program’s current annual funding cap is $400 million. The cap was set in 1997 and was never indexed for inflation. Recently, demand for funding under the program has outpaced the budget, creating uncertainty for patients, health care providers, and communications companies alike.
The Chairman’s order would increase the annual cap to $571 million.