HHS announced it was making $100 million available to states to use on financial incentives for Medicaid enrollees to adopt healthy behaviors, such as quitting smoking or losing weight.
Funds available for Medicaid enrollees: HHS
The grants—part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—are available to states that apply to the CMS for funding of programs that demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, according to an HHS news release. “Rewards could range from direct cash incentives, gift cards to grocery stores or other retailers, reduced Medicaid program fees ... or offering services not normally available through Medicaid,” according to the release.
“Not only can preventive programs help to improve individuals' health, by keeping people healthy we can also lower the nation's overall healthcare costs,” Dr. Donald Berwick, CMS administrator, said in the release.
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