The House and Senate currently are drafting major economic stimulus legislation that include a number of health care provisions. Although the details of the House and Senate versions vary, both the House and Senate packages would provide, on a temporary basis, approximately $87 billion additional federal matching funds to help states maintain their Medicaid programs during the economic downturn. Both plans also would expand federal health information technology efforts, including providing increased Medicare and Medicaid payments to certain providers using certified health information technology and establishing new privacy and security protections for health information, and increase federal funding of comparative effectiveness research, among many other things. The House of Representatives is set to vote on the bill this week. Senate panels are currently marking up various titles of the Senate package. Details on the Senate Finance Committee’s health-related provisions are available here.