© 2024 Maine Public | Registered 501(c)(3) EIN: 22-3171529
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Scroll down to see all available streams.

DHHS To Offer Incentives To Providers Who Treat Children Enrolled In MaineCare

Robert F. Bukaty
AP Images

Maine's Department of Health and Human Services is offering temporary incentive payments to health care providers who treat children enrolled in MaineCare.

The payments are specifically targeted to well-child visits, dental care and vaccinations.

In a news release, DHHS says that childhood vaccinations have significantly declined during the pandemic, with Maine health providers ordering 47% fewer vaccines in April and May compared to the same months last year.

The state is using $1 million of existing general funds for the incentive payments. Federal matching funds will more than triple the dollars for the program.