U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) have introduced a new bipartisan measure to expand access to rural telehealth services by allowing non-rural hospitals and health care providers that service rural areas to make better use of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF). Specifically, the “Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead (RURAL) on Telehealth Act,” S. 3218, would allow these non-rural providers to qualify for the 65 percent health care provider discount under the HCF so long as the majority of the locations serving patients are in rural areas.
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