IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 14, 2016
Mr. Wicker (for himself and Mr. Schatz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Reaching Underserved Rural Areas to Lead on Telehealth Act.
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:
Participation of non-Rural health care provider sites
An eligible non-rural health care provider may receive universal service support if—
a majority of the locations that the non-rural health care provider serves are in rural areas; and
the eligible non-rural health care provider serves as a Consortium Leader, as described in section 54.631.