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    FCC Announces OMB Approval of Healthcare Connect Fund Program Forms

    The FCC yesterday announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved use of the new Healthcare Connect Program forms: Form 460 (HCP Eligibility and Registration), Form 461 (Request for Services), Form 462 (Funding Request), and Form 463 (Invoicing). The approval is for a three-year period and represents a significant milestone for implementation of the new program. The paper versions of the final forms should be available very soon on the USAC HCF forms website (http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/tools/forms/default.aspx). Although USAC is moving rapidly to an all-electronic forms submission process, the hard-copy forms and instructions contain important information that all program participants should be familiar with.


    Approval of the new forms is very timely given that the USAC training event for the Health Care Connect Fund is less than two weeks away: Monday September 23, and Tuesday September 24 (http://www.usac.org/rhc/healthcare-connect/outreach/default.aspx).


    For those of you traveling to D.C. for the trainings, please join us and the Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) on Monday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for a drink and some hors d’oeuvres at the Churchill Hotel (just north of Dupont Circle, across from the Wash. Hilton, and one block from the USAC training). We will also be inviting FCC and USAC staff involved with the Rural Health Care program. If you plan to attend the event, please RSVP Emily Olson at eolson@shlb.org.


    LNGS contact: Jeff Mitchell (jmitchell@fcclaw.com)