President Obama's Health and Human Services budget request for fiscal year 2011 allocates increased funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and I.T. programs under the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

ONC, which has received $61 million annually for the past three years, is slated for $78 million in funding. That does not count the remaining "jump start" funding already allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The office needs a big raise as it has ramped up staffing to handle additional responsibilities under the HITECH Act within ARRA.

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