The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has opened a new funding opportunity for the National Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment. The grantee will:
- Maintain and update web-based decision support and enrollment tools and integrated, person-centered systems designed to inform older individuals about the full range of benefits for which the individuals may be eligible under federal and state programs;
- Utilize cost-effective strategies to find older individuals with greatest economic need and enroll the individuals in the programs for which they are qualified;
- Create and support efforts for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), and other public and private state and community-based organizations, including faith-based organizations and coalitions, disability organizations and coalitions to serve as benefits enrollment centers for the programs;
- Develop and maintain an information clearinghouse on best practices and cost-effective methods for finding and enrolling older individuals with greatest economic need in the programs for which the individuals are eligible; and
- Provide training and technical assistance on effective outreach, screening, enrollment, and follow-up strategies.
The NCBOE grantee is expected to coordinate efforts to inform older Americans and beneficiaries with disabilities about the benefits they qualify for under federal and state programs. The emphasis is on providing information on programs to help Medicare beneficiaries pay for their Medicare coverage, specifically the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). The NCBOE will also serve as a technical assistance resource center for state grantees who receive funding established under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA). In so doing the NCBOE will serve as a technical assistance resource center for the MIPPA state grantees and NCBOE funded locally-based Benefit Enrollment Centers.
The National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment will be awarded as a single cooperative agreement with a federal share of up to $11,500,000 per year for a total project period of up to five (5) years contingent upon availability of federal funds.
Please visit the link above for more details about the grant opportunity and application process. This grant opportunity closes on June 2, 2020.