Medicare counselors get nearly $50M in grants

The federal Medicare agency awarded nearly $50 million in grants Monday to state offices that help seniors understand Medicare.

The agency will award $46.5 million over the next year to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs). There are 54 SHIPS in the United States and the territories. The organizations provide one-on-one counseling to seniors about their Medicare benefits.

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A second round of SHIP grants, based on performance, will be awarded in September.

"The SHIPs provide quality Medicare information to beneficiaries at the local level and help ensure that unbiased one-on-one counseling is provided to those needing access to health insurance and prescription drug coverage,” said Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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