Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:02 am
A grant for $53,000 over two years will help connect Alaska's most vulnerable Medicare-eligible residents with Medicare and Medicare financial assistance programs, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Alaska's grant is part of the $30 million awarded nationally as a result of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008.
The grant was awarded to the state's Medicare Information Office and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), both programs of the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.
Alaska's grantees will reach out to people who are likely eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program, Medicare Savings Program and the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program, and help them enroll in Medicare and apply for those benefits.
MIPPA funding is being jointly administered by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Find more information about these grants online by visiting www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Special_Projects/Medicare_Outreach/index.aspx
AoA and CMS will continue to support the quality of services provided by these programs through training, technical assistance, and through the Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment at www.centerforbenefits.org.