STATE WILL FORM PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW MEXICO
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a grant of almost $8 million to Colorado to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The grant is part of $100 million in federal funds awarded to 10 states today as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA). The funds will be awarded over a five-year period. Colorado will be awarded $1.7 million in the first year of a five-year grant totaling $7.8 million.
Colorado will work in partnership with New Mexico to form the Interstate Alliance of School-based Health Centers. Working closely with Tribal health care providers, the goal of this Alliance is to improve health care for underserved school-aged children and to decrease health care disparities. The Alliance will also increase the number of school-based health care centers and will work with these providers to improve screening, preventive services, management of chronic conditions, and involvement of adolescents in their own health care.
“We all have a stake in the health of our nation’s children,” said Sebelius. “Exploring new technologies and initiatives will help ensure our kids get the high quality care they need and deserve.”
The grants are totally federally funded and are designed help establish a national quality system for children’s health care through Medicaid and CHIP. The money will help states implement and evaluate provider performance measures and utilize health information technologies such as pediatric electronic health records and other quality improvement initiatives.
“These grants will test the most current theories of how to improve the quality of care delivered to children,” said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “These awards will help create the foundation for a more responsive and effective national framework of high quality healthcare for children.”
More information about children’s health coverage can be found at www.InsureKidsNow.gov.
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