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News HHS Release $30 Million To Assist In Outreach To Medicare Beneficiaries

Sepember 2009 Health and Hospital Services awarded Louisiana funding to help older people, individuals with disabilities and their caregivers apply for special assistance through Medicare. These funds, made possible by the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008, will provide valuable support at the state and community levels for the Councils on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers 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.

This MIPPA funding, which is jointly administered by HHS' Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was jointly awarded to the Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs and the Senior Health Insurance Information Program 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 who 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. For more information about this grant, please visit: or contact Sharon Buchert 225 342-7100.



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