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President’s 2014 HHS Budget Seeks Budget Increase to Replace Expiring HITECH Funds

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) for the second year is seeking a $17 million budget increase to offset expiring Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act funds. The request is part of President Obama’s $3.77 trillion FY 2014 budget plan that increases spending for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, even as it cuts $400 billion from health care programs, including Medicare; health information technology is considered a priority.

Last year, ONC requested $78 million in funding and received $61 million. The Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that it will spend more than $5.4 billion in Medicare health information technology payments in FY 2014, provided through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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