FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The Obama Administration has awarded a $1.7 million performance bonus to Connecticut for its continuing improvements in children’s health care enrollment efforts.
This is the third year that Connecticut has received this bonus from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
One way the state promotes health care for children is "presumptive eligibility", where children screened and deemed eligible at community health centers and other qualified sites can receive medical services before the formal eligibility process is completed.
Additionally, the state demonstrated a significant increase in Medicaid enrollment among children during the course of the year.
Gov. Dannel Malloy said the performance bonus showcases the ongoing efforts of state employees, community health workers, advocates and federal partners who have placed affordable health coverage in easy reach for Connecticut children and teenagers.
“This award is only possible through the hard work of those who’ve devoted themselves to ensuring children have access to medical care. The Department of Social Services has been continuously looking for ways to improve access and enrollment efforts,” the Governor said in a statement.
Performance bonuses were awarded to Connecticut and 22 other states for the 2013 federal fiscal year under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. This is the fifth and final year of performance bonus awards.