Maryland Senators urge FCC to expand Rural Health Program
In Maryland, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are urging the FCC to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas. In a letter to the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, both senators are highlighting the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care Program to address the shortage of internet connectivity for rural health care providers. Officials say the program has been improving the the quality of health care in rural communities, but has never seen a funding increase despite this increased demand. Both Cardin and Van Hollen say that unless this spending cap is raised appropriately, health care providers in rural areas will see severe rate increases for their broadband services making it even harder for health care practitioners to take part in quote life saving telemedicine.