June 07, 2018

Following Van Hollen Inquiries, FCC Announces Funding Increase for Rural Health Program

This week, following multiple inquiries by Senator Van Hollen, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be taking action to significantly increase funding for its Rural Health Care Program. Senator Van Hollen recently pressed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to do more to support rural health during a Senate hearing and had also sent a letter to the Chairman on this issue. This program helps ensure access to health care for rural communities across the country through telemedicine and supports broadband connectivity for healthcare providers. Funding will be increased from the current $400 million to $571 million.

“Whether you live in a large city or a small town, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting medical treatment when you need it,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen. “This funding will help ensure that no matter where Marylanders live, they have access to quality health care. I will continue fighting for the resources needed to improve our infrastructure and economy in rural communities in our state and the country.”