Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy birthday ARRA

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA (Pub.L. 111-5), is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress on February 17, 2009. It's now one year old! Happy birthday!

You can track the money on and see where the money's going.

Total Obligated HHS Funds: $69.5 Billion (as of 1/29/10)
Total Gross Outlays: $48.2 Billion (as of 1/29/10)

$25.8 billion is set aside for Health Information Technology (Health IT, HITECH)
  • $60M Program to Fund Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) 
  • $80 Million Will Be Made Available to Support Health IT Workforce 
  • Nearly $1.2 Billion in Grants Available to Help Doctors and Hospitals Use Electronic Health Records

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