CMS Announces Availability of $12 Million for Ombudsman Programs for Demonstrations to Integrate and Coordinate Healthcare for Dual Eligibles

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced availability of $12 million for Ombudsman programs for demonstrations to integrate and coordinate healthcare for individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.  States that have negotiated memoranda of understanding with CMS for the demonstrations are eligible to apply for funds.  Advocates who have been pushing for dedicated, funded, independent ombudsman programs in the dual demonstration states welcome the announcement.

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