Legislation permitting skilled nursing facilities to tap into the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides funding for telecommunications and broadband services in rural communities, was approved this week by the Senate Commerce Committee.

The Rural Health Care Connectivity Act of 2015, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was introduced earlier this year to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to include SNFs among the types of providers eligible for financial support.

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