Illinois gets $14.9M for insuring more children

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Illinois is among 15 states sharing in $206 million in federal money for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is among 15 states sharing in $206 million in federal money for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the awards Monday. Illinois’ award amount is $14.9 million.

Funding for the performance bonuses was included in the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization legislation.

To qualify, states must simplify enrollment and renewal processes and significantly increase the number of children insured through Medicaid.

Illinois also received a performance bonus last year.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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