Community Health Centers and Children’s healthcare providers were pleased to learn on Wednesday that Washington State has been awarded a $16,987,468 performance bonus from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to support the enrollment and retention of eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The awards also help offset costs of enrolling lower income children in Medicaid.

Washington is among 23 states awarded additional federal funding for its programs because of steps taken to simplify the Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal procedures, and because of efforts to enroll more children above the set baseline level. 

“I’m proud Washington State has been awarded for its efforts to improve healthcare enrollment for children,” said Congressman Smith. “The changes that have been made and this substantial investment will continue increasing the efficacy of our healthcare system and ensure that more children in our community have the coverage they need.”

According to the National Center of Health Statistics, an additional 1.2 million children have gained health insurance after CHIP was signed into law on February 4, 2009.  CHIP performance bonuses were established as a part of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

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