PoliticalNews.me - Oct 01,2010 - Washington - Senators Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan and Congressman Earl Pomeroy announced that the State of North Dakota will receive more than $400,000 in grants to educate families on their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. The federal funding was made available by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
"It is difficult enough to deal with a sudden illness or chronic disease without trying to navigate a complex health care system at the same time. These grants will help patients and their families understand the options available to them in order to make informed decisions about long-term care," the delegation said in a joint statement. "The new health care law gives people more control over their own health care and provides resources for counseling to review treatment and care options."
North Dakota will receive $398,692 in grants to support state Medicaid agencies as they transition individuals from nursing homes to community-based care. The funds will be used to help seniors and individuals with disabilities and their caregivers make more informed decisions about their health and long-term care.
Additionally, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Trenton Indian Service Area will receive a total of $3,000 in Medicare Outreach and Assistance in Low Income Programs and Prevention Grants to provide guidance and advice to Medicare beneficiaries about their coverage, including preventive services.