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Improving Rural Healthcare with Broadband and Telehealth

  • 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

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.

Agenda

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