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CMS is committed to supporting research and demonstration projects that explore alternative policies of healthcare coverage and delivery, including those that benefit minority and disadvantaged populations. These research activities include:

  • CMS Healthcare Innovation Awards funds projects in organizations that are focused on delivering better health, improving care, and lowering costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest healthcare needs. 
  • Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns a joint effort among CMS, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Administration on Children and Families (ACF), aims to reduce preterm births and improve outcomes for newborns and pregnant women, and in particular for those enrolled in Medicaid.