New Mexico Gets Medicaid Boost

New Mexico – New Mexico is receiving a bonus of $8.5 million from the federal government because of its efforts to provide health care to more children through Medicaid.

The Human Services Department said the federal government provides extra Medicaid money to states that streamline the enrollment system and sign up more children in the health care program.

The agency said the federal money will help the state cope with a budget squeeze this year.

Medicaid provides health care for about one-fourth of New Mexico's population. The program will cost nearly $4 billion in state and federal money this year.

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