In late February, the Center for Strategic Planning within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a competitive grant opportunity for Medicaid agencies to develop, implement, and evaluate incentive programs for Medicaid beneficiaries with chronic diseases. Section 4108 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorized $100 million for states to provide incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries who participate in prevention programs and demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes.

This fact sheet from the Center for Health Care Strategies identifies considerations for states in deciding whether to apply for this opportunity. Applications are due to CMS by May 2, 2011.