Federal health officials have awarded Montana a funding bonus of nearly $6.5 million for improving children's access to Medicaid insurance programs.

This is the first time Montana has received a bonus. To qualify, a state must beat a Medicaid enrollment target and streamline its procedures in applying for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials did not specify in their statement Wednesday what the state's Medicaid enrollment target for children was. State health officials did not immediately return a call for comment.

Montana is one of 23 states to share the $296 million in performance bonuses this year. HHS says the performance bonus helps offset the costs of enrolling poor children in Medicaid.