Over the next five years, South Carolina will receive about $9.3 million to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children. The grant will go toward children who are enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP. The grant will be disbursed throughout the next five years, with about $2.2 million for the first year.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, that became law last February, is funding the Health and Human Services grant, that will help improve health care delivery through pediatric electronic health records and by evaluating provider performance measures. The new program expansion was paid for with the 62 cent per pack cigarette tax increase.
Not one South Carolina Republican voted in favor of the legislation.