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2 MiCTA National Healthcare Connect Fund Program

3 MiCTA HCP Member Advantages MiCTA HCP Members do not have to file a form 461 (Bid) (By FCC Law they can use existing MiCTA E-Rate discount MSAs (Contracts) All MiCTA Contracts are also “Evergreen” (multi-year) as recognized by the FCC/USAC Must join before filing your 462 (Request for Services Form) During the 462 filing process MiCTA HCP members will need to provide proof of membership (if you didn’t keep your official membership email/call the MiCTA office) and you are using a valid MiCTA HCF/E-Rate Vendor All qualified HCF/E-Rate vendors can be found by cursing over the “National Health Care” tab on the MiCTA Home Page Go to “Eligible Vendors” dropdown 2

4 Who Is Eligible to Participate Public or Rural Non-Profit Hospitals (with less than 400 beds), Rural Health Clinics, Community Health Centers, Health Centers Serving Migrants, Community Mental Health Centers, Local Health Departments or Agencies, Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Offering Health Care Instruction/Teaching Hospitals/Medical Schools or Consortia of the above 3

5 HCF Overview Program Encourages HCP Consortiums Funding is a flat 65% for services/eligible network access equipment and HCP-Constructed and Owned facilities One application (462) required for all Consortium members May include Non-Eligible HCPs (consortium must be at least 51% rural HCPs) (Ineligible HCPs can participate and take advantage of the Consortium Contract pricing They cannot receive funding must pay their fair share for cost of services/network equipment as determined by Consortium Leader) 4

6 HCF Overview (cont.) Consortium Leader A consortium leader is the legal entity – lead for the consortium Can be: Eligible HCP – part of the consortium Ineligible state organization Public Sector (government) entity, including tribal governments Non-Profit entity Project Coordinator Point of contact with Commission/USAC Authorized employee of consortium leader 5

7 HCF Overview (cont.) Consortiums Can be made up of HCPs from anywhere in the country Lowers admin costs Provides collaboration of medical –technical – administrative expertise though higher bandwidth at lower cost via MiCTA contract discounts before the 65% HCF discount Enables telemedine collaboration Lowers cost of health care Encourages remote training 6

8 What is Supported Wireline Broadband Services No bandwidth limitation Includes “Cloud” services Reasonable And Customary Installation Charges Equipment Necessary to Make Your Service Functional Connections to Your Off-Site Admin Offices/Data Centers Connections to Research/Education Networks Last Mile, middle mile, backbone services and leased equipment Solutions specific to your networks 7

9 Funding Eligible Participants (Rural HCPs): 65% discount on all eligible services/network equipment and customary installation costs for eligible participants (Rural Hospitals with beds of 400 or more are considered Non-Eligible) Non-Eligible Participants (Non-Rural HCPs): Support Capped at ($30,000 annually for recurring services/$70,000 maximum over 5 year period for non- recurring Charges) $150 Million in Consortium pre-approved funding for up to 3 years for upfront payments and multi-year commitments (must contact USAC prior to end of 3 rd year to request 2 more pre-approved years for multi-year commitments) 462’s must be filed before the last day of window close of each funding year (June 30) Will be funded on a first come first served basis as long as annual funding is available $400 million annual cap 8

10 HCF Program Comparison Eligible Services Individual ApplicantsConsortium Applicants Reasonable & Customary Installation Chargersyesyes ($5,000 undiscounted cost) Lit FiberYesYes Dark Fiber Recurring charges (Lease of fiber /lighting equipmentYesYes Maintenance Up front Payments for IRUs, Leases, equipmentNoYes Connections to Research Centers Education NetworksYesYes Connections Between Off-Site Data Centers & Admin OfficesYesYes Upfront Charges for Deployment Of New or Upgraded FacilitiesNoYes Constructed and Owned FacilitiesNoYes Eligible Equipment Necessary for functional broadbandYesYes Necessary to manage, control, or maintain broadband service or dedicated HCP NetworkNoYes 9

11 HCF Forms Form 460 – Eligibility and Registration Form Site Information Contact Information Eligibility Information Certification and Signatures Form 461- Request for Services Form Initiates the competitive bidding process (Not required by MiCTA HCP members) Form 462 - Funding Request Form Information necessary to evaluate an applicant’s funding request Must be submitted before the end of the funding year(June 30) Applicants can seek a multi-year funding commitment Applicants can file for multiple services on a single form Form 463 – Invoice and Request for Disbursement Form Serves as request to USAC for disbursement of funding from the HCF (Consortium) for services and equipment Filing the FCC Form 463 is a joint process between applicant and vendor/service provider Must be filed within six months after the end date of the funding commitment 10

12 Skilled Nursing Facilities Pilot Program Test relative to how to support broadband connections for skilled nursing facilities Pilot will begin in 2014 Three year study Funding up to $50 million (currently deferred) FCC will solicit input regarding design of the pilot program Participants will be required to collect data and submit reports 11

13 MiCTA Membership Any Non-Profit/Public HCP In The Country Can Join MiCTA Join MiCTA at Curse Over to Membership Box On Left Click on “Join MiCTA” Indicate You Are a New Health Care Member Receive Email Confirmation Save membership confirmation for HCF filing 12

14 Contact Information MiCTA Office – Help Desk 888-964-2227 Gary Green – MiCTA HCP Consultant 231-881-6612 connect/default.aspx connect/default.aspx USAC/Health Care Connect Fund Help Desk 800-229-5476 13

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