An Opportunity to Speak Your Mind on EMS Benefits

Some of you may be familiar with the Universal Service Administrative Company.  It’s contracted by the federal government to provide reduced cost telecommunication and internet service to a variety of organizations, including rural health care providers.  Eligible providers include rural hospitals, clinics, and health departments, among others.  EMS is not currently eligible to participate.  The Federal Communications Commission, which sets policy for USAC, is considering options to expand this program and is accepting comments on this proposed rule through September 8.  They have proposed including nursing homes and some other providers, but not EMS.  However, their announcement states: “We also seek comment on whether there are any providers not identified… that should be eligible for support.”  This link will take you to the USAC page with information on this proposed rule and a link to the rule and how to comment, which you can do online (it’s part way down the page under 8/16/2010).  Commenting on proposed rules doesn’t require any kind of formal or legal standing–anyone can comment on this type of rule.  If you are interested in EMS becoming eligible for this benefit, you should consider submitting a comment to include them as eligible providers.

August 31, 2010 · KJacobson · No Comments
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