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FY 2011 Budget Highlights for Health IT at the Department of Health and Human Services

On March 10, 2010, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sibelius testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies. She stated that the Administration's focus is on improving the health and well-being of the American people and that it will provide additional funding for the following initiatives in the President's FY 2011 Budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): prevention; health care fraud; quality and access to health care; public health threats and terrorism; improving the well-being of children, seniors and households; and investing in scientific research and development.

The President's Budget for HHS requests $135 million in additional funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as $1.7 billion to fight fraud, including $561 million in discretional funds to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid program integrity activities.

The budget for the Office of the National Coordinator will be increased by $17 million from its current level of $78 million. Secretary Sebelius stated in her testimony that Health Information Technology (IT) is still a top priority for the Obama administration and that it will improve the quality and efficiency of health care. GovWin has learned that Health IT funding will be reduced in the FY 2011 Budget, because the Recovery Act already includes substantial funding for Health IT. Funding for the Head Start program will be increased by $989 million. GovWin anticipates that if this budget is approved by Congress, it will increase funding for the following opportunities that GovWin is currently tracking:

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