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September 27, 2010

State receives grant to aid health system navigation

Navigating the health care system can be overwhelming, especially when someone becomes sick suddenly.

But included in the health care law are grants to help senior, those with disabilities and their caregivers understand their health and long-term care options.

Maryland is slated to get $1.7 million of the $68 million in federal funding, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

“We know how difficult it can be for individuals and caregivers to deal with a sudden illness or chronic disease while at the same time trying to navigate through a complex health care system to figure out where to go to get appropriate help,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a statement. “The Affordable Care Act seeks to give people more control over their own care, while lowering health care costs and improving quality.”

The money will be used to help people understand Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including preventative services; understand long-term care options including those that help people stay in their homes; and assist those who are returning home after a stay in nursing or rehab facilities.

More information on the funding at aoa.gov.  

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Meredith CohnMeredith Cohn has been a reporter since 1991, covering everything from politics and airlines to the environment and medicine. A runner since junior high and a particular eater for almost as long, she tries to keep up on health and fitness trends. Her aim is to bring you the latest news and information from the local and national medical and wellness communities.

Andrea K. WalkerAndrea K. Walker knows it’s weird to some people, but she has a fascination with fitness, diseases, medicine and other health-related topics. She subscribes to a variety of health and fitness magazines and becomes easily engrossed in the latest research in health and science. An exercise fanatic, she’s probably tried just about every fitness activity there is. Her favorites are running, yoga and kickboxing. So it is probably fitting that she has been assigned to cover the business of healthcare and to become a regular contributor to this blog. Andrea has been at The Sun for nearly 10 years, covering manufacturing, retail , airlines and small and minority business. She looks forward to telling readers about the latest health news.
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