Announcing the intent to award 54 single-source supplements for current Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) state grantees.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award 54 administrative supplements in the form of cooperative agreements to existing SMP project grantees to support the expansion and enhancement of virtual capacity of the program. This effort will benefit the SMP programs in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of existing grantees' work is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education with an emphasis on reaching Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and those residing in rural areas. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and congregation limitations and public health concerns, it has been identified that focus on expansion of virtual capacity is crucial at this time. The administrative supplements for FY 2021 will be distributed at a flat rate of $18,000 to each of the existing 54 state grantees, bringing the total for the supplement awards to $972,000.
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For further information or comments regarding this program supplement, contact Marissa Whitehouse, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Center for Integrated Programs, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling; telephone (202) 795-7425; email Marissa.Whitehouse@acl.hhs.gov.
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Program Name: Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).
Recipient: 54 current SMP grantees.
|Current grantee||State||FY21 ACL recommended
|Alabama Dept of Senior Services||Alabama||$18,000|
|Alaska Department of Health and Social Services||Alaska||18,000|
|Arizona Department of Economic Security||Arizona||18,000|
|Arkansas Department of Human Services||Arkansas||18,000|
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|California Health Advocates||California||18,000|
|Colorado Division of Insurance||Colorado||18,000|
|The Department of Rehabilitation Services||Connecticut||18,000|
|Delaware Division of Social Services||Delaware||18,000|
|Legal Counsel For The Elderly||District of Columbia||18,000|
|Florida Department of Elder Affairs||Florida||18,000|
|Eqhealth Solutions, Inc||Georgia||18,000|
|Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services||Guam||18,000|
|Hawaii Department of Health||Hawaii||18,000|
|Idaho Commission on Aging||Idaho||18,000|
|IAAAA Education Institute, Inc||Indiana||18,000|
|Iowa Department of Commerce||Iowa||18,000|
|Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services||Kansas||18,000|
|Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government||Kentucky||18,000|
|Eqhealth Solutions, Inc||Louisiana||18,000|
|Maine Department of Health and Human Services||Maine||18,000|
|Aging, Maryland department of||Maryland||18,000|
|Elder Services Of The Merrimack Valley Inc||Massachusetts||18,000|
|Minnesota Department of Human Services||Minnesota||18,000|
|Eqhealth Solutions, Inc||Mississippi||18,000|
|District III Area Agency on Aging||Missouri||18,000|
|Missoula Aging Services||Montana||18,000|
|Insurance, Nebraska Department of||Nebraska||18,000|
|State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division||Nevada||18,000|
|New Hampshire Dept of Health and Human Services||New Hampshire||18,000|
|Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Inc||New Jersey||18,000|
|Aging & Long-Term Services Department, New Mexico||New Mexico||18,000|
|NY Statewide Senior Action Council, Inc||New York||18,000|
|North Carolina Department of Insurance||North Carolina||18,000|
|Minot State University||North Dakota||18,000|
|Pro Seniors Inc||Ohio||18,000|
|Oklahoma State Insurance Department||Oklahoma||18,000|
|DHS Office of Financial Services||Oregon||18,000|
|Center For Advocacy For The Rights And Interests Of The Elderly||Pennsylvania||18,000|
|Hispanic-American Institute, Inc||Puerto Rico||18,000|
|Rhode Island Dept of Elderly Affairs||Rhode Island||18,000|
|South Carolina Department on Aging||South Carolina||18,000|
|South Dakota Department of Human Services||South Dakota||18,000|
|Upper Cumberland Development District||Tennessee||18,000|
|Better Business Bureau Educational Foundation||Texas||18,000|
|Legal Services of Virgin Islands Inc||U.S. Virgin Islands||18,000|
|Human Services, Utah Department of||Utah||18,000|
|Community of Vermont Elders||Vermont||18,000|
|Virginia Association Of Area Agencies On Aging||Virginia||18,000|
|Washington State Insurance Commissioner||Washington||18,000|
|Senior Services West Virginia Bureau||West Virginia||18,000|
|Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc||Wisconsin||18,000|
|Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc||Wyoming||18,000|
Period of Performance: The awards will be issued for the Fiscal Year 2021 project period of July 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.
Total Award Amount: $972,000 total in FY 2021.
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement.
Statutory Authority: The statutory authority is contained in the HIPAA of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-191).
Basis for Award: Upon request for access to FY 2021 HCFAC Wedge funding, the Department granted approval for ACL's Office of Healthcare Information & Counseling to access $2 million in additional, one-time funding. This funding is intended to expand and enhance the virtual capacity of the existing SMP program and will be used in a number of ways to support virtual expansion and capabilities for current SMP grantees' efforts. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and related travel and congregation limitations and public health concerns, it has been identified that focus on expansion of virtual capacity is crucial at this time.
The current SMP grantees are funded to carry out the SMP project mission for the period of June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2023. Much work has already been completed and further tasks are currently being accomplished. It would be unnecessarily time consuming and disruptive to the SMP program, and the beneficiaries being served, for ACL to establish new grantees to focus on this intended virtual expansion of the program since the intent of this funding is to expand the current program and grantees' efforts. These administrative supplements will allow the SMP grantees to expand their current capacity to work virtually to empower Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and Start Printed Page 37336abuse through outreach, counseling, and education in the virtual space.
There is one SMP state grantee project in each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2019, the most up-to-date complete year of data, the 54 SMP projects had a total of 6,875 active team members who conducted a total of 28,146 group outreach and education events, reaching an estimated 1.6 million people. In addition, the projects had 320,590 individual interactions with, or on behalf of, a Medicare beneficiary. For 2019, the SMP projects reported $2.4 million in expected Medicare recoveries. This program has successfully operated since its inception 23 years ago.
The current grantees are closely monitored and are successfully meeting all programmatic goals under the current SMP state grants.
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Dated: July 12, 2021.
Acting Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging, Administration for Community Living.
[FR Doc. 2021-15022 Filed 7-14-21; 8:45 am]
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