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Medicaid Engagement Influenced By Incentives [Infographic]

Medicaid engagement is not always easy.  Keeping Medicaid members engaged in healthy activities can be a difficult task. But healthy activities are important for preventing chronic illnesses and keeping rising health care costs at bay. Incentives have a positive influence on Medicaid and keep members on track to getting the health care screenings needed to keep them well. Check out the ways incentives had a positive effect on Medicaid programs such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and more in the Infographic below.

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Medicaid & Medicare Programs Adopt Healthy Rewards

As the country moves closer and closer to individual healthcare insurance requirements, Medicare and Medicaid are becoming pivotal in the American health care system. U.S. Medicaid and Medicare programs examine and implement health and wellness trends and incentives closely. Wellness incentives and healthy rewards are used in these programs to:

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Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program

The Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama in 2010. Since its implementation, a number of programs have been developed in an effort to strengthen Medicaid and Medicare by lowering costs and improving the quality of care for millions of Americans. One such program is known as
The Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases program, which is “a nationwide effort to test and evaluate the effectiveness of providing financial and non-financial incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries of all ages who participate in prevention programs and demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, including the adoption of healthy behaviors.” The initiatives or programs are outlined as needing to be “comprehensive, evidence-based, widely available, and easily accessible.” Grants are available by the State for programs that address at least one of the following prevention goals: ‘tobacco cessation, controlling or reducing weight, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and avoiding the onset of diabetes or improving the management of the condition.”
1 GCP’s health-based gift card brands can act as a perfect wellness incentive to motivate both Medicare and Medicaid members to take proactive healthy choices, health screenings, smoking cessation programs, etc. that inevitably lead to lower healthcare costs. Want to
learn more about using our health-based gift card brands as wellness incentives?  
1 The Affordable Care Act Savings Report 2012: Lowering Medicare Costs by Improving Care

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Medicaid & Medicare Health and Wellness Programs on the Rise

Most people in corporate America understand the benefits of health and wellness programs…from the potential insurance premium savings and government incentives to companies, to individual employee productivity increases, and long term behavior changes; health and wellness programs seem to be a win-win when you incent and motivate people to get involved. But, it’s not just the corporate side of America looking closely at health and wellness incentives. U.S. Medicaid and Medicare programs, States and insurance companies are also looking at incentives such as the
CVS Select gift cards. Such gift cards work as incentives in prevention programs that demonstrate changes in health risk and outcomes, such as tobacco cessation, controlling or reducing weight, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and avoiding the onset of diabetes or improving the management of their diabetes condition.1 CVS Select gift cards is an example of a healthy gift card incentive that filters out unhealthy products, such as tobacco and alcohol, and supports positive purchases such as medication co-pays, over the counter medicines and other healthcare products. In many ways, the users of Medicaid and Medicare programs are some of the most vulnerable of our population, as they need prompting to get healthy and remain healthy, yet they often have fewer resources to do so.
Read more from CMS.gov to learn how incentives can benefit Medicare & Medicaid Services. Source: 1.
Overview of Medicaid Incentives for Prevention of Chronic Diseases Program

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