The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released $82 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 efforts. These grants, made possible by the MIPPA, will provide support at the state and community levels for organizations involved in providing assistance to people likely to be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program (LIS), the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and 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.

The funding, which is jointly administered by HHS' Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is being awarded to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, State Agencies on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, Native Americans Tribal Organizations and local communities to help seniors, caregivers and those with disabilities on Medicare.

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 assistance.

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