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N.C. wins $18 million bonus for children's health insurance program

North Carolina will receive an $18 million bonus from the federal government for improving access to children’s health-care coverage, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday.
The money was part of an award of $306 million in performance bonuses to 23 states.
States qualify for bonuses based on measurements of how well they simplify enrollment and renewal, and how they ensure eligible children have easier access to coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
This is the fourth year the bonuses have been distributed. The money helps offset the cost of insuring the lowest-income children in each state.
The bonuses were authorized by 2009 legislation. CMS is under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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