Recovery Act: Tennessee Highlights
Since the enactment of the Recovery Act in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $2.5 billion in stimulus funds available in the State of Tennessee* 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.
- $187.8 million for scientific research, facilities, and equipment, including:
- $9.1 million to East Tennessee State University for a research facility for psychiatric, cardiovascular and infectious diseases.
- $71.9 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), including $20.3 million for subsidized employment programs.
- $71.4 million for health information technology (IT), including:
- $51.4 million for Tennessee’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record incentive program for implementation and payments to providers and hospitals.
- $11.7 million to the State of Tennessee to facilitate health information exchange.
- $8.3 million to Qsource to create a Regional Extension Center to provide health IT support services to doctors and other providers.
- $41.9 million for the Child Care and Development Fund to increase access to child care and improve quality.
- $37.4 million for Early Head Start and Head Start programs to expand services and improve quality.
- $27.7 million for Community Health Center services, construction, renovation, equipment, and health IT, including:
- $2.5 million for United Neighborhood Health Services in Nashville for a new service site, increased demand, construction, and equipment.
- $2 million for Christ Community Health Services in Memphis for increased demand, construction, and equipment.
- $19.7 million for the Community Services Block Grant for community action agencies to reduce poverty and help low-income residents become self-sufficient.
- $7.5 million for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to Nashville/Davidson County Metro Public Health Department for obesity prevention activities.
- $4.6 million to support 101 National Health Service Corps clinicians providing primary health care in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
- $2 million for meals and nutrition services for the elderly at home and in community settings.
- $1 million to strengthen community nonprofit groups.
- $122,000 through the Indian Health Service, including EPA funds, for health care and sanitation facilities construction, maintenance and improvements, equipment, and health IT.
*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 $260.5 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