Recovery Act: Louisiana Highlights
Since the enactment of the Recovery Act in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $2.4 billion in stimulus funds available in the State of Louisiana* 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.
- $1.9 billion for the increased Federal share (FMAP) of State Medicaid costs.
- $99 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
- $83.3 million for health information technology (IT), including:
- $45.3 million for Louisiana’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record incentive program for implementation and payments to providers and hospitals.
- $13.5 million to the Louisiana Public Health Institute, New Orleans, to create a Beacon Community to serve as a pilot for the widespread use of health IT.
- $10.6 million to the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum to facilitate health information exchange.
- $53.3 million for scientific research, equipment, and facilities, including:
- $13.5 million for Tulane University to remodel labs to create spaces that foster collaboration in medical science.
- $2.8 million to Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center for brain injury research.
- $42.7 million for Early Head Start and Head Start programs to expand and improve quality.
- $40.1 million for the Child Care and Development Fund to increase access to child care and improve quality.
- $25.4 million for Community Health Center services, construction, renovation, equipment, and health IT, including:
- $2.1 million for Teche Action Board in Franklin for a new service site, increased demand, equipment, and health IT.
- $1.7 million for New Orleans’ St. Thomas Community Health Center for a new service site, construction, equipment, and increased demand for services.
- $22.2 million for the Community Services Block Grant for community action agencies to help low-income people become self-sufficient.
- $2.9 million to support 65 National Health Service Corps clinicians providing primary health care in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
- $1.5 million for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative for State programs targeting obesity and tobacco and $400,000 for chronic disease self-management programs for the elderly.
- $1.3 million for meals and nutrition services for the elderly.
- $842,000 for State efforts to fight healthcare-associated infections.
*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 $413.7 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