The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 3 that $60 million in grants will be available to States, Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) for offering information and counseling on long term care choices in order to help aged and disabled persons to make informed decisions and to better control their own services and supports. The grants will be administered through the HHS Administration on Aging (AoA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Grant applications are due July 7. Awards are expected this September.
HHS indicated on June 10 that $90 million in grants will be available to States and territories for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs that serve at-risk children and families. These funds will be administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in collaboration with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Applications are due July 9. Awards are expected this summer.
On June 11, HHS notified winners of $23 million in awards through its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for efforts by States and health care systems to design, implement and evaluate patient safety initiatives and medical liability reform strategies. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Oregon’s Office of Health Policy Research were among 13 distinguished winners of planning grants. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health was among seven distinguished winners of demonstration funding. Other recipients were leading public and private universities and university-affiliated health care delivery systems.
HHS also outlined a preliminary plan on June 16 for allocating $250 million of the $500 million in the Prevention and Public Health Fund under the federal health care reform law to spur primary care workforce development, including $5 million for developing innovative state strategies to expand the primary care workforce. These grants are to be awarded mainly through the HRSA.