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

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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.