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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced nearly $212 million in grant awards to all 50 states and the District of Columbia to support programs aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Funded in part by the Affordable Care Act, the awards will strengthen state and local programs aimed at fighting these chronic diseases, which are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, and help lower our nation's health care costs.
The Affordable Care Act is working. More than eight million people - many for the first time - have signed up and are covered by health insurance. But that doesn't mean that choosing a plan won't be hard and frustrating. It is, especially for first-time buyers. Settling on the right plan - HMO or PPO? - can be difficult, especially when drugs and doctor networks are taken into account. What consumers need is help in narrowing their options to the ones that fit their needs. Now a company is developing technology to do just that.
HHS has announced $60 million in grants to Health Insurance Navigator programs in federally-facilitated and state-partnership marketplaces. Grantees include AUCD network members in Arkansas and North Dakota.
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The State Innovation Models Initiative is providing up to $300 million to support the development and testing of state-based models for multi-payer payment and health care delivery system transformation with the aim of improving health system performance for residents of participating states. The projects will be broad based and focus on people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS is launching Round Two of the State Innovation Models initiative to provide an opportunity for continued support to existing Model Design states and partner with additional states to accelerate health transformation.
Announcement of Funding Opportunity for Cooperative Agreement: The Affordable Care Act and What it Means for People with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability has announced this funding opportunity for a research project regarding the Affordable Care Act and its impact on people with disabilities.
The Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration aims to develop and test new models of integrated, coordinated health care in the most sparsely-populated rural counties with the goal of improving health outcomes and reducing Medicare expenditures.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. These Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. Also today, HHS recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace.
On July 10, 2013, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers in all 50 states are expected to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers to assist millions of people nationwide with enrollment into affordable health coverage.
On July 2, 2013 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $32 million in new grant awards to fund the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants (Cycle III) to continue efforts to reach out, enroll, and retain eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These grants are funded by the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is awarding 41 grants to state governments and organizations in 22 states; two grantees are multistate organizations.
The CMS Innovation Center will host the sixth in a series of webinars on Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT. The specific focus of this webinar will be developing payment models. CMS Innovation Center staff will present and be available to answer questions on related topics including: Overview of payment models Overview of payment model design requirements Elements of a fully developed payment model This webinar is primarily intended for leaders of organizations interested in applying for or partnering with other entities that have innovative service and delivery payment models.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced a new funding opportunity designed to enhance the CMS' Financial Alignment Initiative. The initiative is designed to improve coordination of care for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees. This funding opportunity will support states in developing independent ombudsman programs, helping beneficiaries in the demonstration have a positive care experience.
Earlier this month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the next round of health care innovation grants that will allocate $1 billion for creative projects that focus on four specific payment and delivery reform models to fill in gaps that had been identified in an earlier round of grants. The new projects will look at how to: rapidly reduce costs for patients with Medicare and Medicaid in outpatient hospital and other settings; improve care for populations with specialized needs; test improved financial and clinical models for specific types of providers, including specialists; and link clinical care delivery to preventive and population health. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebilius said that the awards will "continue to stimulate the ideas" needed to find "creative solutions to our health care system challenges."
The CMS Innovation Center released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Round Two of the Health Care Innovation Awards. Under this announcement, CMS will spend up to $1 billion for awards and evaluation of projects from across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees.
National Resource Center on Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs Financed by 2013 Prevention and Public Health Funds
Grant Title: National Resource Center on Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs financed by 2013 Prevention and Public Health Funds (PPHF-2013) Agency Issuing Grant: Administration for Community Living Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits Close Date: June 17, 2013 Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2013-ACL-AOA-CR-0042 CDFA Number: 93.734 Grant Amount: $2,730,000 for 1 award Description: This opportunity will enable the Center to assist states, the aging, disability and public health networks and their partners to increase access to and sustain evidence-based prevention programs, particularly Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) programs, that improve the health and quality of life of older adults and adults with disabilities. The Center will serve as a national clearinghouse of tools and information on CDSMEs.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a nearly $1 billion initiative that will fund awards and evaluation to build on the Obama administration's work to transform the health care system by delivering better care and lowering costs. This second round of Health Care Innovation Awards will fund applicants that have a high likelihood of driving health care system transformation and delivering better outcomes.