Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Medicaid Prevention Grants

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the invitation to States to apply for participation in the Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program authorized by section 4108 of the Affordable Care Act.  This nationwide program 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 to address 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; and demonstrating changes in health risk and outcomes, including the adoption of healthy behaviors.

This new funding opportunity does not require States to match the incentive payment with State funds.  Beneficiary incentives available through section 4108 may be used by States to complement other chronic condition health initiatives, such as the currently available Health Home Medicaid State plan option provided by section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act.  Approved administrative and program expenditures for successful applicants will be reimbursed through grant funds from the $100 million dollars appropriated under section 4108 of the Affordable Care Act for this program and evaluation.  The Office of the Governor or the State Medicaid Agency may apply for funding under this grant opportunity, however CMS will accept only one application per State and encourages State offices and agencies to work collaboratively to develop one application packet.

All applications must be submitted electronically through http://www.grants.gov

The solicitation and further application requirements may be obtained at http://www.cms.gov/MIPCD/
An applicant’s teleconference is scheduled for March 8, 2011 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM eastern time and may be accessed by calling the operated assisted toll-free dial-in number: (800)837-1935, and the Conference ID is: 2314.

The closing date for this Funding Opportunity Announcement is May 2, 2011.   
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