A section in the health reform law mandates development of interoperable and secure standards and protocols to facilitate electronic enrollment of individuals in federal and state health and human services programs.

The federal government may require that states, as a condition of receiving grant funds authorized in the law, incorporate these standards in their health information technology investments. Under Sec. 3021 of the law, the HIT Policy and HIT Standards Committees will aid the Department of Health and Human Services in developing the standards and protocols necessary to confirm individuals' eligibility for federal or state programs and enroll them.

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