Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) celebrated Washington state’s $7,461,079 “performance bonus” awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a reward for enrolling more than 50,000 eligible uninsured children into Medicaid. Only nine states in the country qualified for the performance payments, which will increase the state’s federal Medicaid funding for eligible children.
“There are two wins here – first that Washington state enrolled 50.000 more eligible children in this program and second, that we’ve earned a huge bonus payment for our hard work,” said Cantwell. “Our state has a long-standing record of leading the nation in innovative health care programs and I’m pleased to see the federal government rewarding our efforts to get more children access to quality health care.”