Maine and Vermont have been awarded one of 10 grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the quality of health care delivered to children in their states, with a particular focus on those enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Maine and Vermont have two of the lowest child uninsured rates in the nation, and a record of innovative activities that improve the quality of children’s health services. This collaboration capitalizes on the leading roles each state has taken in health reform.
In Vermont, the grant will allow the state to expand its nationally-recognized model for health care, “Blueprint for Health,” to include children. “Blueprint for Health” is focused on preventing illness and complications, rather than reacting to health emergencies, by helping providers offer more effective, proactive care and helping patients better manage their chronic conditions.