Medicaid to receive $55M bonus

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 2010

MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s Medicaid Agency will receive a $55 million federal performance bonus for the continued effectiveness of its methods to enroll more low-income children in the Medicaid health insurance program during the 2010 fiscal year, Gov. Bob Riley announced Monday.

For the second straight year, Alabama has earned the largest performance bonus. This year’s $55 million bonus makes up more than one quarter of the total amount awarded to all of the 15 states receiving bonuses.

“Alabama Medicaid and their partners at the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Human Resources have worked together in-step to prevent children from falling through the cracks when it comes to providing basic health insurance,” Riley said. “The fact that Alabama is one of only 15 states receiving a performance bonus, and we are receiving the largest bonus, demonstrates the effectiveness of our program.

“Receiving this bonus obviously means a lot for our state budget-wise. More importantly, it means ensuring a struggling family out there never has to choose between putting food on the table and filling a child’s prescription.”