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S. 3218 (114th): Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead on Telehealth Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 14, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3218

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 14, 2016

(for himself and Mr. Schatz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To remove the limitation on certain amounts for which large non-rural hospitals may be reimbursed under the Healthcare Connect Fund of the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead on Telehealth Act.

2.

Healthcare connect fund

The Federal Communications Commission shall amend section 54.630 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, by striking subsections (b) and (c) and inserting the following:

(b)

Participation of non-Rural health care provider sites

An eligible non-rural health care provider may receive universal service support if—

(1)

a majority of the locations that the non-rural health care provider serves are in rural areas; and

(2)

the eligible non-rural health care provider serves as a Consortium Leader, as described in section 54.631.

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