Thinking About Applying for Part 2 of the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program?

Details of the program, important considerations and resources, and how we can help.

In March 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a program “appropriated by Congress as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to help health care providers provide connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The program awarded $200 million in funding to 536 healthcare organizations to provide connected care services to patients. 

In December 2020, the FCC received $250 million through the signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 which will expand the program to award more providers with the resources necessary to offer telehealth services. 

The FCC will be accepting applications starting on April 29, through May 6, a 7-day window.

2020 Eligibility Information:
    • The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is open to eligible health care provider sites that treat patients, whether located in rural or non-rural areas or U.S. territories.  The COVID-19 Telehealth Program is limited to nonprofit and public eligible health care providers.
    • Private and for-profit entities, are not eligible to receive funding through the COVID-19 Telehealth Program.

Application Information: 

Visit the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program information page, here.

As more information on Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth program is released, this section will be updated. Be sure to check back regularly for the most updated information. 

April 16th, 2021. The FCC announced that the window for applications will be open from April 29 to May 6, a 7-day window.

March 30th, 2021.
 The FCC voted to formally adopt a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration to establish Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a $249.95 million federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act. The application is expected to open within 30 days.

March 17, 2021.
Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration that, if adopted, would establish Round 2 of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, a $249.95 million dollar federal initiative that builds on the $200 million program established as part of the CARES Act. 

The proposed Round 2 COVID-19 Telehealth Program Report and Order:

  • Establishes a system for rating applications, factoring in the hardest hit and lowest income areas, Tribal communities, health care provider shortage areas, unfunded Round 1 applicants, and more; 
  • Ensures equitable nationwide distribution of funding so that each state, territory, and the District of Columbia will receive funding since the program’s inception;  
  • Sets an application deadline to allow for a comprehensive review of all applications in one round, as opposed to the rolling approval system used in Round 1 of the Program;  
  • Awards funding in two phases in order to satisfy the statutory requirement that applicants be given an opportunity to provide additional information if the application will initially be denied, and to award funding as soon as possible

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How HRS Helps


Over 20 HRS partners launched their telehealth and remote patient monitoring programs with the FCC’s 2020 COVID-19 waiver.

These programs are accomplishing many important goals including:

  • Diverting patients from the emergency department
  • Shortening hospital length of stay
  • Decreasing readmissions
  • Screening and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Offering access to specialists
  • Reducing the barrier of geography
  • Decreasing total cost of care

HRS partners embraced, and continue to leverage  telehealth tools included in the HRS platform such as virtual visits, text and chat features, bluetooth biometric monitoring, symptom surveys, medication reminders, education modules, wound imaging, and more, to achieve the goals outlined above.

Grant and Public Funding, Reimbursement, and Clinical Support


HRS’ Client Services team helps clients receive FCC funding, deploy and expand telehealth services, and pursue reimbursement. Recently, Shelly Davis joined HRS’ Client Services team as a Grant Consultant bringing over 20 years of experience across grant research, proposal writing, and grant management.

To discuss the expansion of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, contact our team.


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From Our Experts: What To Know About the COVID19 Telehealth Program


There are still many questions surrounding the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program. To help answer providers’ lingering questions and review the application process, we sat down with HRS Grant Consultant, Shelly Davis, and VP of Client Strategy, Nolan Santosa.

In the information video, Shelly and Nolan will discuss:

  • What should be completed prior to applying
  • How applicants will be scored
  • What information and documentation should be included in the application
  • How HRS clients are allocating FCC Funds
  • The next steps in applying