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HHS Awards Medicaid Grants

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given $103 million to 27 state health insurance programs for the poor.

Medicaid program recipients can use the grants to improve rates of collection from the estates of Medicaid nursing home benefits recipients; reduce overpayments to doctors and hospitals; increase use of generic drugs; increase use of university-based health systems; and promote adoption of electronic health care record systems.

Congress approved $150 million in Medicaid “transformation grants” in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.

HHS plans to reward the remaining $47 million in grant money through a second solicitation later in the year, HHS says.