Recovery Act: Florida Highlights
Since the enactment of the Recovery Act in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $6.64 billion in stimulus funds available in the State of Florida* for Community Health Centers, universities and other institutions in the State to provide fiscal relief, improve and expand access to health care, provide child care and other social services for its most vulnerable citizens, establish the infrastructure for health information technology, and conduct scientific research.
- $5.3 billion for the increased Federal share (FMAP) of State Medicaid costs.
- $240.9 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), including $129.4 million for subsidized employment programs.
- $239.4 million for health IT, including:
- $178.6 million for Florida’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record incentive program for implementation and payments to providers and hospitals.
- $20.7 million to the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration to facilitate health information exchange.
- $6.4 million to the University of South Florida to create a Regional Extension Center to provide health IT support to doctors and other providers.
- $227.7 million for scientific research and facilities, including:
- $14.8 million for a Neuroscience and Health Annex for brain research at the University of Miami Coral Gables.
- $14.7 million for a research facility to improve the health of older Americans at the University of Florida.
- $105.4 million for the Child Care and Development Fund to increase access to child care and improve quality.
- $103.7 million for Early Head Start and Head Start programs to expand services and improve quality.
- $88.6 million for Community Health Center construction, renovation, equipment, and health information technology (IT), including:
- $5.4 million for Ruskin’s Suncoast Community Health Center for increased demand, construction, and equipment.
- $2 million for Tallahassee’s Bond Community Health Association for new service sites, increased demand, construction, and equipment.
- $28.3 million for the Community Services Block Grant for community action agencies to assist low-income residents.
- $14.7 million for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative for Miami-Dade County Health Department to fight obesity, and $6.6 million for the Orange County Health Department’s programs targeting tobacco.
- $7.2 million for meals and nutrition services for the elderly.
- $5.7 million to support 124 National Health Service Corps clinicians providing primary health care in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
- $5.8 million for immunization programs.
- $1 million to support programs to help seniors better self-manage chronic diseases.
*The total funding in this document is based on the HHS Sept. 30, 2011, Financial and Activity Report (FAR) for the Recovery Act, available at the Department’s website, http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/reports/index.html, except for FMAP, which is based on the Oct. 21, 2011, FAR and FMAP obligations of $766 million in Recovery Act funds extended by P.L. 111-226. The highlights are a selection of programs funded by the Recovery Act and do not add up to the total funding within the State. For more information about individual HHS programs and Recovery Act funding, see http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/.
Last Updated: November 18, 2011