American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

Medicare Set-Aside Blog on February 19, 2009
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This week, President Obama signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the stimulus bill.  There are components of this package that
will directly affect the operation of the Social Security Administration in the
short term with the distinct probability of a boon to those involved in and
responsible for processing  Medicare
Set-Aside , Medicare Secondary payer, and Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP Extension
Act  (MMSEA)  functions
within the next 3-5 years. Here’s a brief summary of components relevant
to SSA:


Every beneficiary and recipient of Social Security benefits will receive a
one-time $250 stimulus payment which are targeted to be issued by summer 2009.$90 million has been earmarked for the administrative costs associated with
processing these one-time payments.$500 million is included so that SSA can process additional
work they’ve received due to the economic slowdown.Assuming Congress passes the FY 2009 appropriations, SSA
would like to hire between 5000-6000 more employees by year’s end. $20 billion of this package will be utilized to improve
health technology throughout  the Federal
government. SSA is already piloting programs which would give them HIPAA
compliant direct access to patient medical records.$500 million will be used specifically to replace the National Computer Center.  Upon completion of this 3-5 year project,
anyone who interfaces with SSA will notice a significant improvement in
overall  responsiveness and capabilities
relating to SSA functions.  



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