Awarded Funds to Date:
|$22.6 Million (Included in 1512 Report)||$1.3 Billion*|
Total Expended to Date:
|$3.2 Million (Included in 1512 Report)||$1.2 Billion*|
Total Committed or Under Contract:
*Note: The above amounts reflect the total ARRA funding to Human Services. Funding streams that require reporting to OMB total award amount is $22,658,109 and expended to date $3,193,915. The $1.3 Billion awarded amount and the $1.2 Billion expended amounts reflect enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Program (FMAP) that are part of the General Funds of the Commonwealth and are not part of the federal reporting requirements.
Departments within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services have been
In addition to direct ARRA grants, the Commonwealth has secured an additional $1.5 Billion to date in enhanced Federal reimbursement for Medicaid. This financing from enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentages ("enhanced FMAP") enabled the Commonwealth to maintain program eligibility for Millions of citizens in the prior and current fiscal years.
The programmatic and economic highlights for ARRA grants include the following:
- The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has moved quickly to streamline business processes to handle an unprecedented 30% increase in enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) within the last year. Economists nationally have estimated that every dollar spent on SNAP assistance results in $1.84 in economic activity. Increased benefits due to the stimulus have helped more than 370,000 families (over 670,000 individuals) and will generate a projected total of approximately $416 Million in local production, sales, and jobs for the Commonwealth between October 2009 and September 2010 alone.
- The Massachusetts Commission for the Blind and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission are leveraging over $8 Million in ARRA funding to establish innovative public private partnerships aimed at supporting individuals with disabilities to secure and retain gainful employment. ARRA dollars are working in the Commonwealth to bring resources, independence, and self-sufficiency to those most in need of assistance. As these programs are established and beneficiaries begin to secure employment, we will report on their program performance.
- The Department of Public Health (DPH) has received over $3.2 Million in ARRA financing to shore up Massachusetts' public health infrastructure. These include critical disease surveillance, identification, and response systems. Additional funds are supplementing existing programs to provide additional income and loan re-payment support for health care professionals who choose to work in under-served areas where our most vulnerable children, families, and elders reside. The economic benefit of these public health programs is indirect - but just as significant as any program that creates jobs directly. With these dollars, we are developing long term investment strategy to ensure our work force is healthy, cared for, and that our public health system is equipped to respond to the public health risks of the 21st century.
Additionally, $8.5 Million in ARRA funding has enabled DPH to maintain service and eligibility levels for the Early Intervention program, which provides a range of developmental support services to infants and children. Without this financing, DPH otherwise would have had to enact eligibility restrictions which would have resulted in loss of services for 7,500 children and their families.
- Through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, a range of non-profit elder services organizations have received over $2.6 Million in ARRA financing to deliver essential home delivered meals and other nutrition support services for elders. These resources go directly to families in the Commonwealth who are impacted by the recession and are working to care for their elders in home settings on stretched family finances. This funding is rolling out to our local communities, and in our next reports we will have information on the numbers of elders served and the communities in which they reside.
FMAP dollars are intended to not only sustain critical services and benefit levels within many of our health related programs, but also to support spending statewide on services that benefit all of the citizens of the Commonwealth. Under State Law, FMAP under ARRA is deposited into the General Fund for appropriation throughout the Commonwealth's operating budget.
FMAP dollars allowed many budget areas in the Commonwealth to experience a smaller reduction than would have been possible without FMAP funds, and also allowed for a modest increase in spending in some areas. For example, although the MassHealth program did not increase reimbursement rates for the majority of providers, it was able to sustain eligibility for 1.2 Million members and an increased caseload overall with no reduction in the number of individuals eligible for the program in FY09 or FY10.