ARRA State Grants to Promote Health Information Technology

Promote the electronic movement and use of health information among organizations using nationally recognized interoperability standards.

Enable providers to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid financial incentives, authorized by ARRA, by providing health information exchange that meets meaningful
use requirements.

Improve health care quality and efficiency.

Establish a technical infrastructure to support health care reform.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This state-based program is targeted specifically towards developing widespread and sustainable health information exchange (HIE) capacity in support of the meaningful use definition that qualifies providers for the Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments.

This program also supports state public health programs to ensure that public health stakeholders prepare for HIE and mobilizes clinical data needed for consumer engagement and health reform across all states.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Health/Medical

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/general public


State governments and Qualified State-Designated Entities are eligible to apply. The program will require a letter from the Governor establishing the Qualified State Designated Entity, if applicable. Documentation must be provided in accordance with the requirements of all applicable OMB Circulars. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applications are solicited by a program announcement. The availability of this announcement will be broadly published, including by posting on

Award Procedures

Following objective review of applications, those applicants whose applications have been selected by the Secretary of HHS (or designee) for funding will receive a Notice of Award signed by an HHS Grants Management Officer. The Notice of Award, which is sent to the applicant s Authorized Organizational Representative, is the only official notification of award. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by letter.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Division A, Title XIII, HITECH Act, Section 3013.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching Requirements: In fiscal year 2010, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services will determine whether there is a funding matching requirement. Beginning with fiscal year 2011, the HITECH Act, Section 3013, requires awardees to make available non-Federal contributions (which may include in-kind contributions) toward the costs of a grant awarded in an amount equal to not less than $1 for each $10 of federal funds provided under this grant in fiscal year 2011, not less than $1 for each $7 of federal funds provided under this grant in fiscal year 2012 and not less that $1 for each $3 of federal funds provided under this grant for all subsequent fiscal years.

This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are expected to be for a four year period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Subject to meeting performance requirements.

Post Assistance Requirements


Programmatic reporting requirements will be identified in the Program Announcement.

Cash reports, if required, will be identified in the Program Announcement.

Recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act.

For purposes of reporting, ARRA recipients must also report on ARRA sub-recipient (sub-grantee and sub-contractor) activities.

Reports required by ARRA will be required quarterly.

Additional reporting requirements, including the frequency thereof, will be detailed in Funding Opportunity Announcements and included in award notices.

Financial Status Reports.

ARRA reporting and programmatic reporting will require awardees to evaluate performance in view of stated objectives.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the pr