Recovery Act funds are being invested in improving health and human services. Program information will be added to this page as they are announced. The Recovery programs include the following topics:
Improving & Preserving Health Care
A major portion of Recovery Funding will support the improvement and preservation of quality health care programs. These programs include temporary increase in Medicaid, assistance to hospitals, and Tribal protections.
Community Health Care Services
Support for the renovation and improvement of community health centers and other programs that serve patients in communities across the country; as well as, Medicaid relief for the nation’s most vulnerable families.
Prevention and Wellness
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.
Health Information Technology (IT)
Recovery funding has been designated to modernize the health care system by promoting and expanding the adoption of health information technology by 2014. Achieving this goal will reduce health costs for the federal government by over $12 billion over the next 10 years.
Planned Health IT Activities
Children and Community Support Services
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.
Comparative Effectiveness Research
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 and the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.
Scientific Research & Facilities
Support for the construction of new research and educational facilities as well as groundbreaking scientific research that will improve the health of the nation.
Accountability & IT Security
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) will assess whether HHS is using the $135 billion in Recovery Act funds in accordance with legal and administrative requirements and is meeting the accountability objectives defined by the Office of Management and Budget. Investigative, coordination, and audit activities will be implemented to ensure that funds are spent wisely and appropriately.