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Health reform includes cash rewards for healthy behavior
Orange County Register

Some private companies have reduced employee health costs by offering cash to quit smoking or serving healthy food in the cafeteria. Now, the federal government plans to offer incentives to low-income Medicaid patients who adopt healthy behaviors. On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that as part of health reform, $100 million will be devoted to states for incentive programs. States can apply for the grants, which could include giving cash or grocery store gift cards for patients who lose weight, quit smoking or keep their diabetes under control.