On Monday, September 27, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services announced $68 million in grants to help seniors, families, and caregivers navigate available health care options. The grants are part of the Affordable Care Act and will be distributed to states, territories, and community-based organizations.
The funds will be used to help both seniors and persons with disabilities (along with their families and caregivers) navigate the complex landscape of care options in several ways:
- Understand Medicare and Medicaid benefits (including preventive services coverage)
- Navigate options for long-term care, including community-based services that help individuals remain in their homes
- Assist in transitioning individuals from nursing homes and rehab facilities back to the home through support services
The grants will be administered by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and will compliment President Obama’s Community Living Initiative.
The focus of the Affordable Care Act is to empower individuals to take control over their own care, while at the same time lowering costs and improving quality, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebilius. The grants announced Monday will help individuals and their families cope with sudden or chronic illness by providing easier access to information about the care that’s available, eliminating one of the many complexities that can cause unnecessary stress during already difficult times.
Read the HHS Press Release
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