HHS Releases $30 Million to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Access Their Benefits In Vulnerable Communities

Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today (June 2, 2009) released $25 million in grants to help older people, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers apply for special assistance through Medicare, and an additional $5 million for a national resource center to support these important efforts.

Made possible by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), these grants provide funding to state and local organizations involved in reaching and providing assistance to people likely to be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program (LIS), Medicare Savings Program (MSP), the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program and in helping beneficiaries to apply for benefits. This initiative also includes special targeting efforts to rural areas of the country and to Native American elders.

This MIPPA funding, which is jointly administered by HHS’ Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is being awarded to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), State Agencies on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), Native Americans Tribal Organizations and local communities to help seniors, caregivers and those with disabilities on Medicare. These organizations part of HHS’ national network of state, tribal and community-based organizations that assist seniors, caregivers and those with disabilities with health benefits information and information on other services, and enable them to remain independent and living in their communities as long as possible.

Look here for more information about these grants.

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