House Republicans' introduction of legislation (H.R. 408) outlining $2.5 trillion in federal spending cuts is important because the bill lays a line in the sand of what rank-and-file GOP members want to do with congressional funding, says Don Asmonga, director of government relations at the American Health Information Management Association.

Targeted programs for elimination under the legislation include the electronic health records meaningful use incentive program and un-obligated funds authorized under the HITECH Act (see story and a follow-up). The bill would not repeal HITECH's provisions, confirms the Republican Study Committee, which developed the legislation.

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