President Obama signed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), P.L.
111-148, into law on March 23, 2010. Section 4108 of ACA established a program called
“Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases in Medicaid” (IPCDM). IPCDM allows
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award grants to states for State-run
programs designed to address the needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. Incentives are provided
to Medicaid beneficiaries in the IPCDM program who demonstrate success in one or more
of the following:
ceasing the use of tobacco products,
controlling or reducing their weight,
avoiding the onset of diabetes or if a diabetic, improving the management of the condition,
addressing co-morbidities, such as depression, associated with these conditions.
States may begin submitting requests for grants to HHS on January 1, 2011. Programs
approved by HHS can last up to 5 years, but no less than 3 years.
NOTE: A Medicaid beneficiary is an individual who is eligible for medical assistance under
a state plan or waiver under Title XIX of the Social Security Act and currently enrolled
in such plan or waiver.