WELCOME! Current Members and Interested Health Care Providers,
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 (Master Service Agreements). Per language found in the FCC Order 12-150, MiCTA healthcare members can use MiCTA contracts that were awarded as a result of MiCTA’s E-Rate 470 RFP process and avoid the bidding process under the Healthcare Connect Fund.
The Healthcare Connect Fund was 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 (Universal Service Fund) 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 clinics 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.
MiCTA encourages its HCP Members to take advantage of this new USF Program. Below you will find a PPT on MiCTA’s National Healthcare Connect Fund Program.
Additionally there are links to MiCTA’s Eligible Vendors, the section of the new Order 12-150 affirming the legal use of MiCTA’s E-Rate Contracts as Eligible under the HCF program highlighted in “yellow” on pages 115-116, 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. You must obtain an FCC Registration number for each of your sites prior to filing your 460(s) (Eligibility and Registration Form) . A 460 must be completed for each site that wants to participate. This includes each eligible Rural HCP site, Urban site, Ineligible site (For-Profit Clinic), off-site data center, and off-site administrative office. Members can submit the form 460’s and supporting documentation at any time during the funding year to establish eligibility prior to using any of the MiCTA Contracts/MSAs (Master Service Agreements).
Also, the FCC has established the initial filing period for funding requests as March 1 through June 31 for any given funding year. Funding requests received between these dates will be considered as received “Within the Window.” HCP members can also file a Form 462(s) (Funding Request Form) from July 1, through June 30, of the current funding year. Funding requests will be processed on a rolling first-come, first-served basis and approved as long as funds are still available for the current funding year.
If you have questions related to MiCTA, its programs, or becoming a member please go to the respective hot-links on the left side of this page or contact the myself or the MiCTA office.
Regards,Gary L. Green
Health Care Issues
Health Care Resources
- MiCTA National Healthcare Connect Fund Program PPT
- Eligible Vendors
- FCC - MiCTA pages 115-116
- More - Program Forms / Instructions
- USF Rural Health Care Packet
- Michigan Center for Rural Health
- MCRH Newsletter
- Michigan Health & Hospital Association
- American Hospital Association
- FFIS Update
- HRSA Rural Health
- National Rural Health Association