Recovery Act: Texas Highlights
Since the enactment of the Recovery Act in 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has made $8.7 billion in stimulus funds available in the State of Texas* 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.
- $6.6 billion for the increased Federal share (FMAP) of State Medicaid costs.
- $455.5 million for scientific research, equipment, and facilities, including:
- $15 million for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for a cell biology research facility.
- $303 million for health information technology (IT), including:
- $196.6 million for Texas’ Medicaid Electronic Health Record incentive program for implementation and payments to providers and hospitals.
- $15 million to the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, for a Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Project on harnessing health IT to enhance clinicians’ decision-making.
- $295.8 million for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), including $88 million for subsidized jobs programs.
- $214.9 million for the Child Care and Development Fund to increase access to child care and improve quality.
- $162.5 million for Early Head Start and Head Start programs to expand and improve quality.
- $124.4 million for Community Health Centers, including:
- $14.3 million for San Antonio’s El Centro del Barrio and $9.2 million for Harlingen’s Su Clinica Familiar, for increased demand for services, construction, and equipment.
- $7.5 million for San Antonio’s Barrio Comprehensive Family Health Care Center for a new service site, increased demand, construction, equipment, and health IT.
- $48.3 million for the Community Services Block Grant to community action agencies to help reduce poverty.
- $38.5 million through the Indian Health Service, including EPA funds, for health care and sanitation facilities and health IT.
- $15.6 million for the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District for obesity prevention and $7.5 million to Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department to reduce tobacco use.
- $6.7 million to support 142 National Health Service Corps clinicians providing primary health care in Health Professional Shortage Areas.
- $6 million for meals and nutrition services for the elderly.
*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 $877.5 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 29, 2011