Congress established the Rural Health Care (RHC) program in 1996 so that healthcare providers could obtain affordable, high-quality broadband to provide telemedicine to rural consumers. Unfortunately, the RHC program (administered by the FCC) suffers from delays and a myriad of other problems that are causing some health care providers to drop out of the program. This briefing - specifically designed for congressional staff - will feature conversations with existing RHC participants who will discuss the program's intended benefits and how to solve its crippling problems.
Lunch will be served.
12:30 Introductions – John Windhausen Jr., executive director, SHLB Coalition
12:40 The Benefits of Telehealth and the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program
1:00 Funding Delays and Other RHC Program Administration Issues
1:10 Questions, comments, and discussion from the audience
1:25 Closing comments – John Windhausen Jr., SHLB Coalition