October 22, 2016
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HHS Releases $30 Million to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Access Their Benefits

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New Joint Effort to Reach the Most Vulnerable in Communities Across

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today 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

These grants, made possible by the Medicare Improvements for Patients
and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), will provide valuable support at the
state and community levels for 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. 

"Medicare is essential to our effort to provide high-quality health care
to all Americans," said Secretary Sebelius. "Many people could be
eligible for extra help through Medicare and not even know it. We know
that beneficiaries with the greatest needs are often the most difficult
to reach," said Secretary Sebelius. "Through these new collaborations at
the federal, state and local levels, we will better be able to target
and provide one-on-one assistance to our most vulnerable citizens." 

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 are important
members 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.

"HHS is working hard to reach people who are unaware, unsure or unable
to apply for assistance for the benefits they deserve," said Charlene
Frizzera, acting administrator for CMS. "Through this collaboration
between AoA and CMS, state and community-based organizations will be
able to work in partnership and make maximum use of these federal funds
to help seniors and those with disabilities on Medicare." CMS and AoA
have worked closely together on this and other outreach efforts to
assist older Americans, those with disabilities and their families to
access important benefits and services. 

"MIPPA presents a new opportunity to build on the successful partnership
between AoA and CMS through the Medicare Part D outreach efforts, our
Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs, ADRCs, and the National
Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information," said Edwin L. Walker,
acting Assistant Secretary for Aging. "This new effort allows us to
team up again so that we can leverage federal, state and local resources
to deliver health and long-term care services and information to those
who need it most." 

The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment, administered
by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), will help inform beneficiaries
about benefits available under federal and state programs, utilize
cost-effective strategies to find older individuals with the greatest
economic need, coordinate state and local efforts by providing a best
practice clearinghouse, data collection, training and technical

For more information about these grants, please visit

National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment: 

To find programs in local communities that can assist beneficiaries and
their caregivers, please visit www.Eldercare.gov and www.SHIPTalk.org .


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