New Grants Will Help Medicaid Beneficiaries

If you receive Medicaid, there have probably been some times that you wanted to go to a community health center but ended up having to go to the emergency room waiting for hours to get care.  If you feel you have missed out on other services, such as education and non-emergency assistance, help is on the way.

A $50 million grant through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been granted to be used by 20 states to provide alternative healthcare services and programs, such as establishing new community healthcare clinics, extend the hours of many existing clinics, create new services and provide electronic (computerized) sharing of information and more.

All of these are important improvements, and electronic sharing of information is critical because in the event that you live in a particular town – especially in a rural town – and a specialist in a large city 500 miles away can help you if he or she has your current information and tests, being able to share this information online could very well save you a 500 mile drive and save your life, as well.  In fact, there are more and more reports of procedures – and even surgeries – have been done with electronic assistance. 

It is important to note that this will not diminish or eliminate the benefits that you already have. The funding will help improve services and add additional ones.
They will also help individuals receiving services get the best services they can locally at a healthcare office instead of having to go to the hospital or having to go hours away.

If you want more information or have questions, click here or visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/GrantsAlternaNonEmergServ/

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