Monday, April 13, 2015

ACL Awards $48 Million to SHIPs

Dana Halvorson

According to an April 9, 2015, email update from the Administration for Community Living (ACL), ACL has awarded up to $48 million in one-year grants for the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP). Local SHIP offices provide free, in-depth counseling, education, and outreach to assist Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare related questions.

The email update notes that SHIPs provide assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, friends, and caregivers. SHIPs assist people in obtaining coverage through the Original Medicare program, Medicare Advantage (Part C) Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug (Part D) Plans, and/or programs designed to help people with limited incomes pay for their health care, such as Medicaid, the Medicare Savings Program, and the Low Income Subsidy. Awards were made to each of the 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

More information on the SHIP program is available here on the ACL website, and to find a program in your area -- please click here.

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