The following alert was shared with WSHA from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA):
Health care providers, grantees and partners have an exciting opportunity to help spread the word and begin planning for an upcoming program that helps patients and households obtain internet access to connect with virtual health care, jobs and education.
Beginning around late April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) will make $3.2 billion available to qualifying households to lower the cost of high-speed internet service and provide discounts on internet service bills and an opportunity for a computer or tablet. The EBB program is similar to the Lifeline program with expanded eligibility, vendors, and subsidies.
HRSA encourages you to develop a plan now to support patients and clients in applying promptly after the application period is announced around late April, as funds are expected to go quickly.