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Rural Health Providers Get Extra Time to Seek Telecom Discounts

March 26, 2020, 9:31 PM

The Federal Communications Commission is giving rural hospitals and other health care providers two extra months to apply for discounts on telecom services in response to the new coronavirus.

The Rural Health Care Program application deadline will be June 30 instead of the end of April, the FCC said in an order adopted Thursday.

The order also lets some providers keep existing telecom service contracts for another year, and gives them more time to file invoices and meet other program rules.

“Today’s changes will allow health care providers to focus their attention on their immediate task at hand—addressing the influx of patients associated with the COVID-19 outbreak,” FCC Chairman AJit Pai said in a statement.

The program helps subsidize rural telehealth costs and provides a separate 65% discount for providers on some broadband expenses.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Jon Reid in Washington at jreid@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Hughes at jhughes@bloomberglaw.com; Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com

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