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$33 Million in State Innovation Model (SIM) Funding Coming to Maine

$33 Million in State Innovation Model (SIM) Funding Coming to Maine

In case you missed the announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services late last week, Maine was one of the first states to receive State Innovation Model (SIM) funding to test new ways to lower costs and improve care within the Medicaid program.

Other states in this first group of six are Arkansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon and Vermont, which will implement plans to transform their health care delivery systems under President Barack Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. Twenty-five states will eventually share $300 million in funding for the overall venture.

This new award advances some key initiatives that MeHAF has supported over the last decade, particularly integrated care, payment reform, and Health IT.

The Maine Health Management Coalition, a long-time MeHAF collaborator, will be the primary partner in implementing the award along with Maine Quality Counts and HealthInfoNet.

Exciting news for health reform in Maine!

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