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Medicaid patients receive gift cards for visiting doctors

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Some Indiana Medicaid recipients are eligible to receive gift cards as a reward for keeping up with preventative care.

Medicaid recipients who use MDWise as their provider are automatically enrolled in the rewards program.

The program is pretty simple.

Points can be earned when patients do things like filling out a health survey, getting a yearly physical, attending pre-natal exams and taking children for routine checkups. The points are automatically added to patient accounts when the claim is processed and recipients can then redeem those points for gift cards.

Offers range from $10 subway gift cards, $30 Kroger cards, and even a $50 Toys 'R Us gift card.

The program aims to encourage people to be proactive about their healthcare.  

"Well it's important because you want to make sure those children reach their proper milestones, their age appropriate milestone, you want to make sure any issues you want to catch them early," Mary Deane with Evansville Primary Care said.

Health officials say catching those health problems early can prevent high-cost treatments further down the road.

Officials say it also serves as an educational program for new parents. First time parents learn important information about raising children in the first several appointment.

To learn more about the program or to see if you qualify, visit the MDWise website.

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