SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 28, 2016) —TeleQuality Communications, Inc. (TQCI) CEO Tim Koxlien today complimented Congress and the President for approving the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act, signed into law June 22nd, that will allow skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to become eligible and apply for telecommunications funding that covers the difference between high rural rates and low urban rates for broadband services. This funding will enable them to implement more and better telemedicine services for rural providers and patients nationwide.

The legislation, originally introduced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD), modifies the Federal Communications Act to allow SNFs to apply for broadband and telecommunications funding support through the FCC-managed Universal Service Fund’s (USF) Rural Health Care (RHC) program that has an annual cap of $400 million for distribution that, to date, has not been fully utilized.

“This is an important step for rural healthcare and encouraging news for the thousands of eligible skilled nursing facilities that must be ready to serve the needs of our growing older population,” Koxlien said. “Our rural communities are disproportionately made up of an aging population. This funding will enable the deployment of broadband technology that will enhance the delivery of a higher quality of care with less cost.”

“We commend Senator Thune and his colleagues for their support on the passage of this act, and for recognizing how essential communications networks have become amidst emerging high-tech health solutions, such as telemedicine and electronic health records, in providing successful 21stcentury healthcare.”  

The bill, S. 1916/H.R. 4111, was attached to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s primary chemicals management law.

“I urge all eligible SNFs to begin educating themselves on the benefits this funding program provides and consider becoming involved in the program,” Koxlien said. “As a service provider with more than 15 years of experience in helping healthcare providers navigate the RHC program, TeleQuality has seen firsthand the enormous financial burdens healthcare providers, especially those in rural areas, are now facing and how life-changing this funding can be in saving lives and saving money while improving the quality of patient care.”  

For more information on the RHC funding program, please visit http://usac.org/rhc/.

About TeleQuality Communication, Inc.

TeleQuality Communications, Inc. (TQCI), is based in San Antonio, Texas. Founded in 2006, TQCI and its subsidiary, Rural Health Telecom (RHT), focus exclusively on supplying quality telecommunications and technology products and services to healthcare providers throughout America. TQCI has made Inc. magazine’s 500/5000 list of the fastest growing telecommunications companies four times in the past five years. For more information, please visit www.telequality.com.

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