Six additional states and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive matching federal planning funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to implement Medicaid incentive payments for meaningful use of electronic health records, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced.

All states and territories are eligible for the funds. Iowa in November was the first state to qualify and will receive approximately $1.6 million.

The new awardees are California ($2.48 million), Georgia ($3.17 million), Idaho ($142,000), Montana ($239,000), New York ($5.91 million), Texas ($3.86 million) and Virgin Islands ($232,000).

States and territories must submit plans for CMS approval before receiving matching funds. They will use the funds for such activities as analyzing the current status of health information technology, examining barriers to EHR adoption, establishing eligibility for incentives and creating a long-term state Medicaid HIT plan.

More information on Medicaid-related provisions of ARRA is available at cms.hhs.gov/Recovery/11_HealthIT.asp#TopOfPage.

--Joseph Goedert

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