Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on Monday introduced a bill to make skilled nursing facilities eligible for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services to rural communities.

Currently, SNFs are not included in the Communications Act as eligible providers to receive financial support from the RHCP administered by the Federal Communications Commission. Thune’s Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015 (S. 1916) seeks to remove the restriction.

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