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Grants set to help with long-term-care decisions


By Jennifer Lubell
Posted: September 27, 2010 - 5:00 pm ET
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HHS is distributing $68 million in grants from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to help people navigate their health and long-term-care options.

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The grants will be going to states, territories, tribal and community-based organizations to help seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers make more-informed decisions about their health and long-term care. In particular, the funds will be used to help families understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits, navigate options for long-term care and “assist those transitioning from nursing or rehabilitation facilities back home to put the supports in place to make that transition successful,” according to HHS.

The grants are being administered collaboratively by HHS’ Administration on Aging and the CMS. Both agencies have been providing grants to states to develop integrated systems of information and counseling to help people access their health and long-term-care services and support options.

“When it comes to long-term healthcare, each patient has a unique mix of medical and social needs that must be considered,” CMS Administrator Donald Berwick said in a written statement. “These grants will help families make informed decisions and make sure patients have more control over their own care.”

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