By Joseph Conn
The CMS has announced the awarding of a total of just over $9 million in matching funds to be used by four states to plan for their Medicaid programs to subsidize provider purchases and the use of electronic health-record systems under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as the stimulus law.
The states and their grant amounts are: New Jersey, $4.93 million; Louisiana, $1.85 million; Maryland, $1.37 million; and Minnesota, $1.04 million.
Since November 2009, 39 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have shared nearly $67.6 million in planning grants, according to news release information on the CMS website.
The stimulus law provides a 90% federal match to cover the cost of state planning efforts for the Medicaid EHR subsidy programs. According to federal estimates, the government estimates it could spend as much as $27.3 billion on the EHR subsidies under Medicaid, Medicare and Medicare Advantage programs.
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