The states that met the requirements are Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. All but seven of the states received performance bonuses last year.
Tavenner and Cindy Mann, CMS deputy administrator, said several states did not try to apply for the money, and many others did but fell short of having the programs in place or meeting enrollment goals.
States had to have five of these eight programs in place in order to make enrollment faster, and less bureaucratic.
"All these efforts to cut red tape have really paid off," said Mann, CMS deputy administrator. She added that much of the streamlining has been made possible through electronic medical records, which avoid requiring parents to fill out multiple forms with the same information.