MESA COUNTY, Colo. The Obama Administration announced this week it's handing out more than $300-million in bonuses to 23 states across the U.S.
Those states are being recognized for their work in increasing the number of low-income children on medicaid or the children's health insurance program and making the process of obtaining insurance easier; and Colorado is leading the way.
"Anytime you have a healthy population, all in all, it's better to do preventative and medicaid does provide those preventative steps," says Mesa County Human Service spokesperson Angeline Roles. "Anytime you have healthy children, you have a healthy community."
The Centennial state is receiving $58.5-million of that bonus, more than any other state.
As of November, more than 400,000 children in Colorado were enrolled in Medicaid.
Mesa County Human Services alone processed more than 660 medicaid applications in October and 770 in November.