ANCHORAGE -

Alaska is being awarded more than $2.6 million for getting children enrolled in its health insurance program.

For the fifth year running, Alaska has been meeting federal requirements aimed at improving access to Medicaid for qualifying families.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services on Monday learned that it will be receiving the additional funding as part of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act.

To receive this bonus from the federal government, the state had to show it was increasing enrollment in Denali Kid Care, the state's insurance program for low income families. Alaska DHSS also had to streamline the enrollment process.

Over the past 5 year the state has received $18 million, which Alaska DHSS officials say has been applied to streamlining administrative tasks and improving health care.

“We've been able to keep the costs steady and also ease the administrative burden for both families and the state staff members that process eligibility or Medicaid in Denali Kid Care,” said Barbara Hale, the Children's Health Insurance Program Manager with Alaska Department of Health of Social Services.

Alaska joins 22 other states in receiving the bonus. Colorado received the largest boost at $58.5 million.