I have practiced in the telecommunications regulatory field, including before the FCC and state regulatory agencies, for some 35 years. This has included advising clients on all manner of compliance, rulemaking, enforcement and legislative issues relating to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and Junk Fax Act, particularly before the FCC which develops the regulations implementing those statutes. My efforts include reviewing clients’ technology and TCPA compliance plans to determine whether they meet FCC requirements and advising on strategies for raising issues with the FCC.
In April of 2022, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) asked the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) to clarify that automated calls and texts, or prerecorded telephone calls made to encourage individuals to renew enrollment in their state Medicaid program (“Medicaid”) Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”), Basic Health Program (“BHP”) or Health Insurance Marketplace … Continue Reading
On March 20, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGAB) declared that “the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes an ‘emergency’ under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and that consequently hospitals, health care providers, state and local health officials, and other government officials may lawfully communicate information about the novel coronavirus as well … Continue Reading
FCC COMMENCES INQUIRY ON ESTABLISHING $100M TELEHEALTH PILOT PROGRAM On August 2, 2018, The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a Notice of Inquiry (“NOI”) to establish a $100-million telehealth pilot program. FCC seeks to identify how the agency can “help advance and support the movement in telehealth towards connected care everywhere and improve access … Continue Reading
PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RURAL HEALTH CARE FUNDING RECEIVES MAJORITY SUPPORT AT FCC Majority Of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Supports 40%+ Annual Increase In Rural Health Care Program Funding – Following on a proposal to review annual funding for the FCC’s Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which currently provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications … Continue Reading
The FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP), has now been published in the Federal Register. Interested parties may submit initial comments on the FCC’s proposals by February … Continue Reading
Noting that technology and telemedicine are assuming an increasingly critical role in healthcare delivery, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to consider changes to its Rural Health Care Program (RHCP), which provides $400 million in annual subsidies for telecommunications and broadband services to eligible rural healthcare providers (HCP). These changes would potentially affect existing as … Continue Reading