Seven more states qual­ify for CHIP in­cen­tives

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HHS an­nounced that seven new states are among those re­ceiv­ing per­for­mance in­cen­tives this year un­der the Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram Reau­tho­riza­tion Act. Con­necti­cut, Ge­or­gia, Mon­tana, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina and Vir­ginia didn’t ap­pear on the list of in­cen­tive win­ners last year, HHS of­fi­cials said when they an­nounced the $296.5 mil­lion in bonuses for fis­cal 2011. The money re­wards states that hit en­roll­ment tar­get numbers for CHIP and that make it eas­ier to en­roll chil­dren in the in­sur­ance pro­gram. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion es­tab­lished the in­cen­tive pro­gram in 2009. “Part of the rea­son for the bonus is that it helps de­fray the costs the state has al­ready in­curred by adding more kids to the pro­gram,” Cindy Mann, CMS deputy ad­min­is­tra­tor and di­rec­tor of the Cen­ter for Med­i­caid and CHIP Ser­vices, said dur­ing a con­fer­ence call with re­porters. The in­cen­tives also re­ward states for in­creas­ing the pro­gram’s ac­ces­si­bil­ity by re­duc­ing red tape and quickly es­tab­lish­ing a child’s el­i­gi­bil­ity for the pro­gram. The use of elec­tronic med­i­cal records is one way to im­prove ac­cess, the CMS noted. Tap­ping into data from other or­ga­ni­za­tions that al­ready have the in­for­ma­tion needed to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for CHIP is an­other. “Sim­pli­fi­ca­tion works,” Mann said.

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