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Written by: Michael Bolton on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 Posted in:

The Department of Health and Human Services has just announced that it will apply $68 million in grants to support community living for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The objective of the grants is to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care options.

These grants, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, are going to states, territories, tribal and community-based organizations. The funds will be used to help seniors and individuals with disabilities and their caregivers make more informed decisions about their health and long-term care.

Specifically, the funds will be used to help families a) understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including coverage for preventive services, b) navigate options for long term care including community-based services that can help individuals remain in their homes, and c) assist those transitioning from nursing or rehabilitation facilities back home to put the supports in place to make that transition successful.

Grantees will focus on four areas to support seniors, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers:
• Medicare Outreach and Assistance in Low Income Programs and Prevention Grants
• ADRC Options Counseling Grants
• ADRC Nursing Home Transition through Money Follows the Person Grants
• Evidence Based Care Transition Grants

To view a complete funding chart including states and tribes, visit http://www.aoa.gov/Aging_Statistics/Health_care_reform.aspx#map. To learn more about these grants, you can read the announcement at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/09/20100927a.html.