More than $1.3 million was earmarked today to ensure more Idaho children have health coverage.
The performance bonus payments, through the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, was announced by the White House this afternoon.
The funds came one week after new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the number of children with insurance has increased by 1.2 million since the CHIP reauthorization.
"More of Idaho's children now have the advantages health coverage provides," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Idaho parents now have the security of knowing their children can get the health care they need without worrying that an illness could leave them with a lifetime of medical bills."
Performance bonuses help offset the costs states incur when they enroll lower-income children in Medicaid. The bonuses also provide incentives to streamline enrollment and renewal procedures.