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The New Economic Recovery Law: Health Resources

The Children's Defense Fund has gathered useful materials from federal agencies, congressional sources, and advocacy and other organizations that can help you become familiar with the Recovery Act funding and program activities available in states and communities. The New Economic Recovery Law: Resources to Help Children and the Economy provides links to these materials. This section of the guide provides information and resources for health and will be updated frequently to provide the latest and most helpful resources.


Departmental or Congressional Organizations

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has posted a number of useful resources. Several helpful items include:
    • Medicaid. The Recovery Act provides $87 billion over two years for an increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for states.  As of March 6, 2009, HHS made the first $15 billion of this funding available to states.  This website provides a state by state breakdown of these first grants.    
    • Community Health Center Grants. The Recovery Act provides $155 million for Community Health Center Grants.  This web page shows how these funds will be distributed to states, along with estimated numbers of patients served and projected jobs created.

Advocacy and Other Organizations