North Carolina Receives Bonus for Enrolling Children in Health Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the award of performance bonuses to 23 states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia for improving access to children’s health coverage and successfully enrolling eligible children.   The performance bonuses are authorized under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), one of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by President Obama.   States qualify for a bonus by implementing procedures to simplify enrollment and renewal to ensure that all eligible children have easier access to coverage under Medicaid and CHIP. States must also exceed targets for enrolling the lowest income children.

This marks the fourth year performance bonuses have been available.  The bonuses help states by offsetting the added costs of insuring the lowest income children and encouraging them to adopt sustainable improvements in their children’s health coverage programs.  Such improvements include eliminating face-to-face interview requirements so that applications can be filed online or through the mail, using electronic data-matching to reduce paperwork, and making it easier to renew, thereby minimizing disruptions in coverage and necessary treatment.

You may find the list of awards here.


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