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February 2011 St@teside

CMS Announces Grant Program for Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just announced a new program that will test and evaluate the effectiveness of a program to provide financial and non-financial incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries of all ages who participate in prevention programs and demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, including the adoption of healthy behaviors. 

The grant solicitation states that applicants must demonstrate that they are addressing at least one of the following prevention goals:  tobacco cessation, controlling or reducing weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and avoiding the onset of diabetes or improving the management of the condition.  The Office of the Governor or the state Medicaid agency may apply for funding under this grant opportunity.  State notices of intent are due to CMS by April 4, 2011.  Complete grant applications are due to CMS by May 2, 2011.  Grantees must apply annually for incremental funding.

For more information regarding the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program, please click here