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.