Medicaid agency gets $19 million bonus

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency will be getting a boost as it is set to receive a $19 million federal performance bonus for the effectiveness of its innovative and user-friendly methods to enroll more low-income children in Medicaid during the 2011 Fiscal Year.

Alabama is among 23 states receiving a performance bonus this year from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Alabama is helping families who are struggling to provide basic health insurance for their children. The staffs at the Alabama Medicaid Agency, the Department of Human Resources and the Alabama Department of Public Health have done an outstanding job partnering together to enroll children in Medicaid," said Governor Bentley.

The performance bonus recognizes states who successfully implement at least five of eight program features known to promote enrollment and retention in children's health insurance coverage and increase state Medicaid enrollment above a target set by federal law.

The amount of the payment was calculated based on the level of enrollment success and per capita State Medicaid expenditures for children. To qualify, both Medicaid and ALL Kids, the state's CHIP program had to implement changes.

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