NH DHHS - Receives Funding To Help People Navigate Health and Long Term Care Options

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) is announcing the State will receive approximately $1.4 million dollars in funding to help seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care options. The Administration on Aging and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will administer the funds.

The funds will be used to help families: understand their Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including coverage for preventive services; navigate options for long term care including community-based services that can help individuals remain in their homes; and assist those transitioning from nursing or rehabilitation facilities back home to put the supports in place to make that transition successful.

“These grants will assist us in helping people navigate what can be a very complex health care system,” said BEAS Administrator Kathleen Otte. “Providing people with more information to make more informed choices about their health or long-term care ultimately gives them more control over their own health-care. This is an area we’ve been focusing on, this funding will allow us to expand our work in that area.”

The grants will focus on four areas to support older adults, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers:

· $281,762, which will go to support the NH SHIP Program that provides assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through ServiceLink.
· Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) Options Counseling $500,000, which will enable ServiceLink to ramp up its ability to provide a supported decision making model to help individuals make decisions about their health care and long term care.
· ADRC Nursing Home Transition through Money Follows the Person Grant $399,995, which will expand the CMS Money Follows the Person Grant to train nursing home staff, ServiceLink, and community providers in the newly adopted Section Q--person-centered discharge planning for nursing home residents of the MDS.
· Evidence-based Care Transition Grants $218,074, which will enable ServiceLink to continue its development and implementation of a person-centered hospital discharge-planning model.

The funds are being made available through the Affordable Care Act. New Hampshire is one of only four States to be awarded funding in all four areas.