Federal Funds Available to Territories for Medicaid Enrolles Who Adopt Healthy Habits

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Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo Thursday announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established a new program allowing states and U.S. territories to offer incentives to Medicaid enrollees who adopt healthy behaviors such as quitting smoking or losing weight. 

The program, authorized by Section 4108 of the Affordable Care Act, invests in efforts to prevent an increase in the number of people with chronic health conditions.  CMS has allocated $100 million for the program, and state and territorial governments may apply for CMS grant funding for initiatives that demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, including the adoption of healthy behaviors.

“This new grant program will help Medicaid recipients who are at risk for chronic diseases to adopt healthier living practices,” said Congresswoman Bordallo.  “The Affordable Care Act has provided significant reforms that have directly benefited Guam, including an increase in Guam’s Medicaid cap to $24 million this fiscal year.  The initiative grant program announced today could provide further assistance to Medicaid enrollees.  I encourage Governor Eddie Calvo’s administration to pursue this federal program and develop programs on Guam that will encourage our people to live healthier.”

More information about the incentive grants can be found at http://www.cms.gov/MIPCD/.

Contact: Adam Carbullido in Washington, D.C. at 202-225-1188 or Derek Mandell at 671-477-4272/4.

adam.carbullido@mail.house.gov or derek.mandell@mail.house.gov