N.J’.s child health care efforts earn it $17M bonus

    Here’s one holiday bonus that’s better than a Jelly of the Month Club membership:

    New Jersey’s efforts to ensure more children have health coverage have earned it a nearly $17 million performance bonus from the U.S. Health Department.

    The federal government said yesterday it’s the third year New Jersey has earned the payment. Only 22 other states qualified.

    To receive the payments, states must surpass a Medicaid enrollment target and improve access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.

    New Jersey was lauded for a number of improvements.

    Bonuses help offset state costs of enrolling more lower-income children in Medicaid.

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