Recovery Act: Pennsylvania Highlights
Since the enactment of the Recovery Act in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $6.1 billion in stimulus funds available in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania* for Community Health Centers, universities and other institutions 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.
- $4.8 billion for the increased Federal share (FMAP) of State Medicaid costs.
- $578.3 million for scientific research, equipment, and facilities, including:
- $14.8 million to Pennsylvania State University, University Park, for a building that will support research in emerging pathogens and vaccines.
- $14 million to University of Pittsburgh for construction of open laboratory space to conduct research in vascular diseases.
- $129.1 million for health IT, including:
- $92.4 million for Pennyslvania’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record incentive program for implementation and payments to providers and hospitals.
- $16.1 million to Geisinger Clinic, Danville, to create a Beacon Community health IT pilot to enhance care for patients with pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.
- $115.1 million for immunization programs and vaccine purchase.
- $97.6 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), including $61 million for subsidized jobs programs.
- $74.2 million for Community Health Center services, construction, renovation, equipment, and health information technology (IT), including:
- $13.6 million to Keystone Rural Health Center of Chambersburg and $7.4 million to Greater Philadelphia Health Action, both for construction, equipment, and increased demand in services.
- $64.4 million for Early Head Start and Head Start programs to expand services and improve quality.
- $60.1 million for the Child Care and Development Fund to increase access to child care and to improve quality.
- $41.4 million for the Community Services Block Grant for community action agencies to help low-income residents become self-sufficient.
- $25.4 million for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to fight obesity and tobacco use; $3 million for State programs targeting obesity and tobacco; and $1 million for chronic disease self-management programs for the elderly.
- $5 million to support 101 National Health Service Corps clinicians providing primary health care in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
*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 $728.9 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