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$2.3 Million in Grants Will Benefit Kentucky’s Aging Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Press Release Date:  Monday, December 06, 2010  
Contact Information:  Emily B. Moses or Vikki Franklin(502) 564-6786 ext. 3103 or 3429  


$2.3 Million in Grants Will Benefit Kentucky’s Aging Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities

Funding provided through the Affordable Care Act

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2010) The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) will receive more than $2.3 million in federal grants to help seniors, individuals with disabilities and caregivers better understand and navigate their health and long-term care options.
The grants were made possible by the United States Department for Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act.
“We are pleased to have received these grants that will help Kentucky individuals and families who need it most,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller. “This funding will allow the state to enhance existing programs that strengthen the capacity for Kentuckians to maintain a higher quality of life.”
Specifically, 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.
“Our aging population is growing rapidly, and we must continue to look for opportunities to support Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Bill Cooper, deputy commissioner of DAIL. “Grants like these allow us to broaden our reach in meeting the unique needs of our aging and disabled populations and those of their families and caregivers.”
The total funding, to benefit a range of programs, comes from three separate grant awards:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Evidence Based Program grant.
  • Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act grant (MIPPA).
  • Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Programs grant.

DAIL, in collaboration with Christian Care Communities in Lexington and the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living, will implement an evidence-based program in adult day care settings that will support direct service providers, as well as family caregivers, in providing tailored activity plans for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The department will receive $228,981 per year for three years under the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Evidence Based Program grant.
The MIPPA grant provides funds for Kentucky to continue and enhance outreach to low income Medicare recipients, and those eligible for Medicare, through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Area Agencies on Aging and Independent Living and ADRCs.  Kentucky’s goal is to serve approximately 12,000 Kentuckians through the program, helping participants apply for low-income subsidy and enroll in Medicare savings programs that offer financial aid for Medicare premiums. DAIL will receive $1.3 million over the next two years to support these efforts.
The ADRC Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Programs grant allows Kentucky’s 15 ADRCs to offer assistance to the Department for Medicaid Services Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. ADRC staff will provide information and assistance for people in nursing facilities who want to return to community living through MFP. This two-year grant is for $400,000.

  



 

Last Updated 12/6/2010