The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its intention to launch a $100 million pilot program to provide greater access to health care for rural and low-income Americans, as well as veterans, through the use of telehealth last month. The FCC is now moving forward with a Notice of Inquiry (NOI), which will kick off a comment period on the proposed program.

The action draws from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr’s recent telehealth tour, which took the commissioner to meetings with health care providers around the country that are implementing patient focused telehealth programs. Commissioner Carr has emphasized that, while the FCC has long supported broadband buildout to health care providers, the Connected Care Pilot Program would seek to advance connected solutions on the patient’s end as well.

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