Colorado Earns More than $58 Million for Leadership on Kids’ Health Coverage
Colorado will receive a bonus payment of $58.5 million in recognition of its leadership role in getting more children health insurance coverage in 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday. This is the largest amount awarded to any state this year under the enrollment incentive program authorized by the 2009 federal CHIP reauthorization legislation. Colorado was one of 23 states recognized in 2013 for implementing measures that make it easier for families to enroll in public health care programs for which they are eligible. Since 2010, Colorado has received more than $155 million in performance bonuses. Common sense changes, such as streamlining applications and using information from other public benefits to determine eligibility for Medicaid and CHP+, improve customer experiences and increase administrative efficiency for the state and counties.
We congratulate and thank Gov. John Hickenlooper, state legislators and Health Care Policy and Financing Director Sue Birch for their continued commitment to and leadership in improving child health care coverage.
This federal award recognizes the progress Colorado has made, with an understanding that there is more to be done. As we look to 2014 and work toward other state health reforms, we need to keep our eye on children to make sure all kids have the quality, affordable care that gives them a chance to succeed. In December, All Kids Covered released The Future of Children’s Health Coverage in Colorado: Policy Considerations for Insuring Colorado’s Kids. The report details Colorado’s successes in child health coverage and identifies seven priorities for ensuring continued gains in the context of on-going health reform implementation.