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HHS Announces Grants To Help Seniors, People With Disabilities And Caregivers Navigate Long Term Care Options

Modern Healthcare: As part of the new health law, HHS is distributing $68 million in grants "to help people navigate their health and long-term-care options. The grants will be going to states, territories, tribal and community-based organizations to help seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers make more-informed decisions about their health and long-term care. In particular, the funds will be used to help families understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits, navigate options for long-term care and 'assist those transitioning from nursing or rehabilitation facilities back home to put the supports in place to make that transition successful,' according to HHS" (Lubell, 9/27).

The Hill Healthcare Watch: "The grants focus on four areas: Medicare outreach: 50 states and territories and 125 tribal organizations funded to provide outreach and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries on their benefits, including coverage for preventive services ($40 million). Additionally, $5 million goes to the National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment for technical assistance; Counseling grants: 20 states funded to strengthen programs of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers for community-based health and long-term care services ($10 million); Transition grants: 24 state Medicaid agencies helped to transition individuals from nursing homes to community-based care ($10 million); Home-care grants: 16 states funded to coordinate and continue to encourage evidence-based care transition models that help older persons or persons with disabilities remain in their own homes after a hospital, rehabilitation or skilled-nursing-facility stay ($3 million)" (Pecquet, 9/27).

CQ Healthbeat: "The awards will be administered by HHS's Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Â… Most states will receive funds for outreach and assistance efforts to council Medicare recipients on their benefits, including preventive services" (9/27).

Quad City Times/The Associated Press: "Iowa is in line for $1.4 million in grants to help seniors, the disabled and caregivers to better understand health and long-term care options. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grants on Monday" (9/28).

The Baltimore Sun Blog: "Maryland is slated to get $1.7 million of the $68 million in federal funding, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday" (Brewington, 9/27). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.