National Health Care
MiCTA National Healthcare Connect Fund Program
Dear MiCTA Health Care Members and related Consortiums, MiCTA HCF Eligible Company’s, and interested Health Care Providers. This new area of the MiCTA Home Page has been created to allow you, our Health Care Members, to “fast track” to the most pertinent information relative to the use of HCF eligible MiCTA MSA’s (Government Master Service Agreements) allowing you to “by-pass” the bidding process and file directly for services using one of the MiCTA Vendors listed.
Passed into law on December 12, 2012 by the FCC, this new “Visionary Fund” changes the course of funding for Rural Health Care under USF providing sweeping changes, from a flat rate of 65% for all services and eligible network equipment to the potential for participation of non-rural HCPs and for profit healthcare providers in a majority rural HCP consortium, and much more. MiCTA would like to thank the Commission and Staff for its diligence in making the Healthcare Connect Fund a reality and, as stated in the Order, allow any MiCTA Healthcare member to file for funding, (Form 462), without having to bid once they have received confirmation that their Form 460’s have been approved.
Below you will find links to MiCTA’s Eligible Vendors, the “How to Join Member Form”, and a page containing access to all of the information, forms, etc., relative to this new “Fund.”
Note: The HCF Program forms 460, 462 and 463 are filed on-line using My Portal. If you do not have an FCC Registration Number you must obtain one prior to filing your 460(s). A 460 must be completed for each site that wants to participate. This includes each eligible HCP site, non-rural site, Ineligible site, off-site data center, and off-site administrative office. Members can submit form 460 and supporting documentation establish eligibility prior to opening of the Form 462 window which opens on February 1 of each year.
It should also be noted that in 2017 the FCC and USAC changed the member bidding exemption status for MiCTA healthcare members from “E-Rate’ to “Government Master Services Agreement.”
USAC recently announced that funding requests for 2018 have gone over the newly increased funding CAP although it is our understanding that the FCC and USAC have created a plan to fund all approved 462’s at the 65% funding rate. The 2019 funding window will open on February 1 and close May 31st, 2019.