Monday, December 27, 2010

Medicaid Bonus

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone. I'm writing this from scenic Yarmouthport, MA. We're dealing with a blizzard, so I'm homebound reading the news.

And The New York Times has some good news!

The Obama administration plans to announce Monday that it will make $206 million in bonus Medicaid payments to 15 states — with more than a fourth of the total going to Alabama — for signing up children who are eligible for public health insurance but had previously failed to enroll.

Ok, Alabama. Well played. How did Ohio do?

Other states receiving bonus payments this year are Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Washington and Wisconsin.

Yes! Score!

As you know, finding people who are eligible for benefits but haven't enrolled is pretty much what we do. It's why the OBB Mobile Express exists. And obviously we can't take all of the credit for this bonus...but I'm taking just a little.

And Mobile or no Mobile, the Ohio Benefit Bank has worked tirelessly to expand into each and every county and Jobs and Family Services has worked tirelessly to assist the clients that we send their way. It's nice to see the work of so many people in our van, in our office, and in our state pay off.

For me, this article has been an awesome Christmas present. Happy Holidays!

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