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  • 1. What are entitlement funding program areas for HITECH? Views: 252
    Federal stimulus funding for entitlement programs, which are federally mandated, is distributed to states by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 2. How much federal stimulus money is available for the HITECH Act? Views: 225
    Entitlement funds are available to Medicare and Medicaid participating providers (hospitals, physicians and other providers) as an incentive to develop and improve their health information technology (HIT) capabilities, primarily in the area of electronic health records (EHRs) (+/-$34 billion). Appropriated funds will be allocated in addition to the Medicare/Medicaid incentives(+/-$2 billion) for HIT grants and loans for programs that promote regional and state initiatives for information exchan  More...
  • 3. Does submitting the application, or receiving and using the federal grant funds, obligate Washington State to develop and implement a health insurance exchange? Views: 206
    No. Washington State will use the grant funds to investigate high-level requirements and business functions surrounding the design and development of an exchange. These federally-funded activities do not obligate Washington State to develop or implement a state-based health insurance exchange.
  • 4. Did the HCA apply for federal planning and implementation grants for a health insurance exchange? Views: 198
    Yes. In August, 2010, the HCA submitted a planning grant application to Health and Human Services and received a grant of nearly $1 million (the maximum for any state) for health insurance exchange planning and implementation.
  • 5. What is the HITECH Act? Views: 193
    The American Recovery Reinvestment Act, enacted by President Obama and Congress in February 2009, has provided Washington state with an unprecedented opportunity to jumpstart our economy, create or save jobs, and help advance the governor’s strategic visions for tomorrow’s Washington . The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is a section of the ARRA. It specifically outlines how the federal stimulus money will be used to advance the design,  More...
  • 6. What are the appropriated funding program areas for HITECH? Views: 187
    Appropriated funding is distributed by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Funds are assigned to states through a competitive proposal process. The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is responsible for setting the strategy for these appropriated funds. They will direct the efforts of federal agencies and the private sector by recommending standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria needed for the electronic exchange and use of health information. The ONC   More...
  • 7. What are some of the new features offered by a health insurance exchange? Views: 170
    An exchange will: Certify whether a health plan is qualified to be offered in the exchange, which includes examining and posting premium increases. Employees of small-employer groups can select a health plan within the range designated by their employer. Provide subsidies for premiums and cost-sharing. Help shoppers with a standard format for health plan information. Compare each qualified health plan based on the relative price and quality of their benefits.
  • 8. What is the Washington State Health Care Authority doing with the health insurance exchange planning grant? Views: 159
    The HCA will use the funds to hire project staff and consulting services to identify and document the high-level business functions and policy issues of a Washington State health insurance exchange. The focus of this work will be assessment of the technology services needed to support a health insurance exchange. Preliminary analysis will be performed on merging the individual and small group health insurance markets and the federal basic health option.
  • 9. Can I receive more information about my premium increases under health care reform? Views: 159
    Yes. The Insurance Commissioner received federal funds to improve its review of health insurance rates and to make that information clear and accessible to the public. Read more in the press release .
  • 10. Who is eligible for the federal stimulus funds? Views: 145
    States, or state designated entities, and private entities who meet the federal requirements are eligible for appropriated funds. Medicare and Medicaid providers who can prove meaningful use of EHRs, and meet other requirements are eligible for entitlement funds. Providers, like Community Health Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, tribal clinics and critical access hospitals are also eligible for specific categories of funding.
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