Ala. gets bonus for child Medicaid enrollment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency has received a $39.1 million federal performance bonus for the effectiveness of its efforts to enroll more low-income children in Medicaid.

Alabama was one of nine states to receive a performance bonus from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The state received over half of the $72.6 million awarded.

Other states receiving bonuses included Alaska, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

Gov. Bob Riley said Thursday the Alabama Medicaid efforts have made it possible for more children to access basic health services. "The fact that Alabama is one of only nine states receiving a performance bonus, and we are receiving the largest bonus, demonstrates the effectiveness of our innovative program," Governor Riley said.

Alabama boosted enrollment among eligible uninsured children by 39 percent. That was the largest increase in the country.

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