GeorgiaCares SHIP Program Receives CMS Grant
GeorgiaCares State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) received a supplemental grant of more than $379,800 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that must be used between June 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009. SHIP is a grantee program of CMS that is available to every state. GeorgiaCares is a program of the Department of Human Resources, Division of Aging Services (DAS).
"This grant will allow GeorgiaCares to provide more assistance to Medicare beneficiaries in the coming months, particularly individuals who may be eligible for help with prescription drug costs," said Maria Greene, director of DAS.
At least 50 percent of the funds are specifically targeted to help potentially eligible persons with filing their low-income subsidy application. The remaining portion will be used to invest in infrastructure development and enhancement efforts that will likely yield dividends over the next several years. To qualify, a person must:
* Have an income that is less than 150% of the federal poverty level or $15,600 for an individual or $21,000 for a couple.
* Have combined savings, investments and real estate that are not worth more than $23,970, if married and living with their spouse, or $11,900 if not currently married or not living with a spouse. This does not include the primary home, vehicles, personal possessions, burial plots or irrevocable burial contracts.
GeorgiaCares counselors and trained volunteers provide free information, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries on Medicare, Medicaid and Medigap matters, including Medicare Advantage health plan options, long-term care insurance, claims, resolution to billing problems, information and referral on public benefit programs aimed at those with limited incomes and assets, and other health care insurance resources.