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SC Receives $2.4 Million Bonus for Child Medicaid Enrollment

Children MedicaidSouth Carolina has received a $2.4 million bonus for enrolling children in the federal Medicaid program, reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

State officials say the money will go to offset the costs of enrolling more children.

So how did the state earn the bonus? South Carolina has increased enrollment by using food stamp data to identify eligible candidates, as any child in a family that qualifies for food stamps also qualifies for Medicaid.

Twenty-two other states have also earned bonuses, totaling $306 million. Last year, South Carolina earned a $2.7 million bonus for enrolling children in the Medicaid program.

(Story via the Associated Press)