HHS Announces Medicaid Innovation Grants for 25 States

On February 21, 2013, HHS Secretary Sebelius announced that 25 states would receive State Innovation Model awards totaling nearly $300 million to help the states deliver high-quality care and lower costs for Medicaid recipients.  The largest grants are in the form of “Model Testing” awards given to Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont.  It is expected that these states will test alternative service delivery methods such as patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations.

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