These grants are available to the 54 existing programs that use community-based networks to provide Medicare beneficiaries with local assistance and counseling on various Medicare and health insurance topics. Using these funds, the programs will be specifically targeting people with limited incomes, beneficiaries with disabilities and members of racial and ethnic groups, particularly those individuals with limited English proficiency.
“Over the past 20 years, the faces of our Medicare beneficiaries have changed, representing more diverse groups with diverse needs. The way we identify these diverse groups and meet their needs must also change,” said Teresa Niño, director of CMS' Office of External Affairs, in a written statement. The assistance programs “are best positioned to reach them in the communities where they live.”
The assistance programs serve approximately 5.2 million beneficiaries, caregivers and advocates.
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