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HHS awards $40 million in Medicaid/CHIP outreach grants

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 29, 2011

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The Dept. of Health and Human Services on Aug. 18 awarded $40 million in grants to help state agencies and community organizations find and enroll children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The funding was awarded to organizations in 23 states. The two-year grants, ranging from $200,000 to $2.5 million, went to 39 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and nonprofits. The money will benefit projects using technology to simplify Medicaid/CHIP enrollment and renewal, improve school-based outreach and enrollment, and retain existing enrollees, among other purposes. The grants were made available by the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009.

"The activities we are funding will help eligible children get covered, stay healthy and prepare them to succeed in school," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

This is the second round of CHIP reauthorization grants. HHS awarded the first $40 million in 2009. A list of the new grant recipients is available online (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2011/08/29/gvbf0829.htm.

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