Recovery Act-Funded ProgramsRecovery Act funds are being invested in improving health and human services. Recovery Act-funded programs at HHS are divided into the following categories:
Improving & Preserving Health Care (105.4 B)*
To help stabilize State budgets and maintain health care services to struggling families, the Recovery Act temporarily increases the Federal share of Medicaid funding. Additionally, these programs include assistance to hospitals, Tribal protections, and health professions training and support.
* Amounts reflect FMAP assistance provided in the Recovery Act (P.L. 111-5), available through December 31, 2010. P.L. 111-226 extended the enhanced FMAP provision at a phased-down rate through June 30, 2011, providing an estimated $14.3 billion in additional assistance.
Health Information Technology (IT) ($25.9 B)
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the Recovery Act, designated funding to modernize the health care system by promoting and expanding the adoption of health information technology. HITECH supports the rapid adoption of health information technology by hospitals and clinicians through Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments to physicians and hospitals for meaningful use of electronic health records. It also authorizes grant programs and contracts that support HIT adoption by providing technical assistance to health care providers, especially rural and underserved communities; training a HIT workforce; as well as developing standards for certification of electronic health record privacy and security.
Children and Community Support Services ($13.3 B)**
Critical funding for programs such as community services infrastructure, adoption and foster care assistance, meals for the elderly and persons with disabilities, Head Start, and subsidized child care to support children and families through the lifecycle.
** Amounts reflect FMAP assistance provided in the Recovery Act (P.L. 111-5), available through December 31, 2010. P.L. 111-226 extended the enhanced FMAP provision at a phased-down rate through June 30, 2011, providing an estimated $56.0 million in additional assistance.
Scientific Research & Facilities ($10.0 B)
The Recovery Act provides support for the construction of new research and educational facilities as well as groundbreaking scientific research that will improve the health of the nation.
Community Health Care Services ($2.8 B)
Nearly $3 billion in Recovery Act funding will support the expansion, improvement, and renovation of community health centers and other programs that serve patients in communities across the country to better serve the nation’s most vulnerable families.
Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) ($1.1 B)
Comparative effectiveness research (CER) compares treatments and strategies to improve health. This information is essential for clinicians and patients to decide on the best treatment. Funding is provided for research activities.
Prevention and Wellness ($1.0 B)
Recovery Act funding will be used to carry out evidence-based clinical and community-based prevention and wellness strategies that deliver specific, measurable health outcomes that address chronic disease rates, support immunization operations and infrastructure, and fight healthcare associated infections.
Accountability & IT Security ($0.1 B)
The Recovery Act provides $50 million to improve the security of the HHS IT infrastructure and $48 million for the Office of Inspector General for oversight and review of HHS Recovery Act spending and the Medicaid Program, and to enhance accountability and enforcement activities to prevent fraud, waste and abuse.
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