(LuWanna Lawrence) – The North Dakota Department of Human Services’
Medical Services Division is seeking public comment on its draft 2018
Quality Strategy Plan for the state’s Children’s Health Insurance
Program (CHIP), also known as Healthy Steps.
The quality strategy plan will guide
the department and CHIP vendors, Blue
Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Delta Dental of Minnesota, in
their efforts to ensure safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered,
timely and equitable health care coverage for children enrolled in
the program. Federal regulations require the department to seek
public comment annually on the quality plan.
The draft plan is online at
It can also be obtained by calling
701-328-2323, toll-free 800-755-2604, Relay ND TTY 800-366-6888, or
Comments will be accepted until
December 31, 2017, at noon Central Time. They can be sent to the
North Dakota Department of Human Services, Medical Services Division,
Attn: Jodi Hulm, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 325, Bismarck, ND
58505-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following the completion of the public
comment period, a final draft of the quality strategy plan will be
submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CHIP provides health, dental and vision
coverage to eligible North Dakota children age 18 and younger who are
uninsured. In State Fiscal Year 2017, the program served an average
of about 2,150 children per month.