Colorado receives $58.5 million bonus

138282527The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing announced the state received a $58.5 million Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act performance bonus from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

This marks the fourth consecutive year Colorado has earned CMS recognition for ongoing efforts to identify and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus.

This is the second consecutive year Colorado’s award has been the highest in the nation. The CMS awarded more than $307 million in performance bonuses to 23 states. This is the last year states can qualify for the bonus.

To qualify for the bonus, states must: have at least five Medicaid and CHIP program features known to promote enrollment and retention in health coverage for children; and demonstrate a significant increase in Medicaid enrollment among children during the course of the federal fiscal year.

Colorado met seven of the eight required program features:

The removal of the asset test for Medicaid eligibility;

The elimination of in-person interview requirements;

The use of one application for applying and renewing Medicaid and CHP+;

Presumptive eligibility – the ability for applicants who appear to be eligible to receive health care services while waiting for final eligibility determination;

Health insurance buy-in – A premium assistance program allowing families to receive subsidies for eligible Medicaid clients to purchase employer insurance;

Administrative renewal – the use of a prepopulated renewal form that is sent to families asking for household changes but is not required to be returned to renew eligibility; and

Express lane eligibility, which allows families to opt to allow information on the school lunch program application to be used to start a joint Medicaid/CHP+ application.

“The Department, along with our county and community partners, has continued to make progress on increasing the number of insured children in Colorado,” said Susan E. Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, executive director of the CDHCPF.

“The bonus is evidence of the progress we have made in modernizing our eligibility and enrollment processes. We will continue working with our partners towards every child in Colorado being insured with public or private health insurance in 2014.”