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Fifteen states get Federal bonuses for children's health insurance
By Insure.com staff

Fifteen states received a total of $206 million in federal bonus money for boosting enrollment of uninsured children in Medicaid.

The bonuses are more than double the $75 million awarded to 10 states last year.

The money was included in a 2009 law reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, which set performance goals states had to meet to earn the bonuses. To qualify, states had to cut bureaucratic red tape to simplify the enrollment and renewal processes for Medicaid and document significant increases in the number of children enrolled in Medicaid.

States that received performance bonuses last year extended benefits to children who otherwise would have been without health insurance coverage.

The Children Health Insurance Reauthorization Act included provisions and additional funding to help states provide health insurance to more children. A boost in Medicaid reimbursement rates authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act also provided relief to states suffering particularly tough economies. The increased Medicaid matching funds are available through June 30.

States and their bonuses were:

Alabama $55 million
Alaska $4.4 million
Colorado $13.7 million
Illinois $15 million
Iowa $6.8 million
Kansas $2.6 million
Louisiana $3.6 million
Maryland $10.1 million
Michigan $9.3 million
New Jersey $8.8 million
New Mexico $8.5 million
Ohio $12.4 million
Oregon $15.1 million
Washington $17.6 million
Wisconsin $23.1 million


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