NH DHHS Receives Funding To Help People With Medicare Apply for Special Programs

New effort to reach the most vulnerable in communities across the state

Concord, NH – The US Department of Health and Human Services is awarding $216,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) to help the State’s most vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries apply for special benefits. The funding will be used for an outreach campaign aimed at raising awareness among people with Medicare who have not enrolled in programs that will help lower their Medicare expenses.


The funding will provide valuable support at the community level for organizations such as the ServiceLink Resource Centers. ServiceLink is involved in reaching and providing assistance to people likely to be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy program (LIS), Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program and in assisting beneficiaries to apply for benefits.


“NH ServiceLink serves an important role in providing information and support to people with Medicare all across New Hampshire,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. “This new funding will help to ensure that NH ServiceLink continues to work with local governments, community-based organizations and other partners in New Hampshire to help meet the needs of our most vulnerable seniors and individuals with disabilities with Medicare.”


The grant to New Hampshire is part of the $30 million being awarded nationally as a result of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 that is being jointly administered by the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For more information about these grants, please visit: http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/AoA_Programs/Special_Projects/Medicare_Outreach/index.aspx


For more information about NH ServiceLink visit: www.servicelink.org or contact 1-866-634-9412.