Washington State has been awarded $7.844 million by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in a bonus that recognizes the state’s efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid coverage.
The bonus was awarded to 23 states by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. Washington has received the enrollment-based bonus for all five years of the program. Washington was one of 15 states that produced enrollment increases of more than 10 percent above their baselines, earning a larger award. This is the final year of the program.
To qualify for a performance bonus, states had to implement at least five out of eight specific program features aimed at streamlining their enrollment and renewal procedures to improve children’s health coverage programs and increase children’s enrollment in Medicaid above a baseline level for the fiscal year.
“This award continues to recognize the great work by many partners in Washington State in improving access to children’s health coverage and successfully enrolling children into the Medicaid program,” said MaryAnne Lindeblad, director of Medicaid. “Our Apple Health for Kids program connects children to health care, and this bonus acknowledges the importance of coverage to improve the health of Washington’s children.”
Studies show that enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP has been driving the nation’s steady progress on increasing the number of children with health insurance coverage.