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Amended Bill keeps many of the I.T. subsidies

Amended Bill keeps many of the I.T. subsidies

The financial stimulus bill has been amended recently in February 2009, which has led to lots of modifications and changes. But it was found that the amount of money that was proposed to be spending for development of health information technology (I.T.) projects has been also kept in the revised bill. This article enumerates the entire fact with detailed summary of the money planned for allocation to various sectors of health I.T.

The negotiations which were made in United States Senate office on February 6, 2009 on the financial stimulus bill, is found to keep a majority of the money, that was initially planned to be allotted for the development of healthcare I.T. projects. The Senate has voted for the newly amended stimulus bill on February 10, 2009.

As per Senate document that catalogs the payment amendments, it was found that the negotiations keeps the formerly proposed amount of $20 billion (mentioned in former Senate bill) to finance Medicaid plus Medicare program's incentive compensation for utilization of I.T. services. The House edition of economic stimulus bill that was approved previously, also comprises considerable financing in favor of these incentives.

It is also mentioned within the documents containing Senate negotiations that an allotment of about $3 billion would be made for ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology). However, the former Senate Bill allotted a sum of $5 billion for the ONC; whereas the bill passed previously via House allocated $2 billion for ONC.

Money allotted to ONC, empowers it to quickly distribute subsidies and loans, whenever required in anytime of this year 2009, in order to enhance I.T. implementation in the community hospitals, doctors chambers and also in community health centers, especially in the countryside.

The other I.T. associated amendments made inside the bill, as per Senate negotiations consist of the following:

  • A sum of $20 billion (in contrast amid $20 million mentioned in former Senate Bill plus zero dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Agriculture Department Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loans.
  • A sum of $80 million (in contrast amid $180 million mentioned in former Senate Bill plus zero dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Agriculture Department Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants.
  • A sum of $0 (in contrast amid zero dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus 2.825 billion dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Agriculture Department Broadband Grants.
  • A sum of 6.65 billion dollars (in contrast amid 8.65 billion dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus 2.825 billion dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Department of Commerce's Advanced Broadband Program.
  • A sum of $0 (in contrast amid zero dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus 3.325 billion dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Federal Communications Commission broadband Grants.
  • A sum of 1.1 billion dollars (approved in all the 3 editions) has been allotted for AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Research.
  • A sum of $85 million (in contrast amid 85 million dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus zero dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for the Indian Health Service health information technology.
  • A sum of $6 million (in contrast amid 6 million dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus zero dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for FEMA Interoperable Communications.
  • A sum of $100 million (in contrast amid 200 million dollars mentioned in former Senate Bill plus zero dollars mentioned in House Bill) has been allotted for Tactical Law Enforcement Wireless Communications.

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