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Innovations in Benefits Outreach National Contest



Innovations in Benefits Outreach: National Contest to Identify Promising Practices in Benefits Outreach to Persons with Disabilities and Older Adults
 
Submission Guidelines to Identify Promising Practices
1. Introduction

Everyday in communities across the country, people contact aging and disability organizations seeking help with basic needs. Benefit programs assist millions of financially vulnerable persons with disabilities and older adults. Organizations that serve persons with disabilities and older adults play a key role in connecting individuals to benefits that could help them pay for medical care, prescription drugs, food, and heating for their homes. By providing outreach and assistance, disability and aging organizations help to raise awareness and increase enrollment into benefit programs.

Reaching potentially eligible individuals is a vital factor in increasing enrollment rates in benefit programs. The identification and sharing of promising practices can help strengthen our understanding of successful outreach strategies. To learn more, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities’ (NASUAD) MIPPA (Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act) initiative, in partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), is hosting an Innovations in Benefits Outreach national contest to identify and disseminate promising practices in benefits outreach to persons with disabilities and older adults. Organizations are encouraged to think broadly about the many ways that they reach out to, engage, educate, and assist individuals in need of benefits assistance.

2. Eligibility

We invite promising practice submissions from disability and aging-focused organizations that provide outreach, education, screening, and/or assistance for benefit programs. Promising practice submissions can address a variety of benefit programs but must at a minimum include outreach for the Medicare low-income subsidies (the Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy/Extra Help). The promising practice may also be related to other benefits, including (but not limited to), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

National, state, and local agencies, large and small, are encouraged to share their promising practices. Agencies are also encouraged to submit outreach practices that specifically target persons with disabilities.

3. Selection Criteria

This promising practice contest will select two submissions for awards, and additional submissions beyond these may be identified for development and dissemination of promising practice profiles. Selection criteria include the following:
  1. The promising practice is relevant to benefits outreach, including (but not limited to) community engagement, education, screening, and/or assistance.
  2. The promising practice must include outreach for the Medicare low-income subsidies (the Medicare Savings Programs and the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy/Extra Help); the practice may also be related to other benefits, including (but not limited to), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
  3. The promising practice must target persons with disabilities and/or older adults. However, extra consideration will be given to practices that target persons with disabilities in their outreach.
  4. The promising practice shows innovation in benefits outreach.
  5. The practice improves the awareness of and enrollment in benefits programs.
4. Awards

Two promising practices will be selected for awards. The first and second place awards are described below. Additionally, all awardee organizations will receive a certificate of recognition. NASUAD will work with each awardee organization to develop and disseminate a promising practice profile. The profiles will be widely disseminated to the disability and aging networks, and will be shared on the NASUAD website.

1st place award: Complimentary registration and lodging for two at the 2019 National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference (August 26-29, 2019, Baltimore Marriott Waterfront).*  The awardee will also receive recognition for its promising practice at a benefits outreach session at the Conference and have an opportunity to share about their practice.
2nd place award: Complimentary registration for two at the 2019 National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference.* The awardee will also receive recognition for its promising practice at a benefits outreach session at the Conference and have an opportunity to share about their practice.

*Please note that travel expenses, meals not included with the conference, and incidentals will be the responsibility of the awardee organization.

5. Submission of Practices

The submission deadline is March 15th, 2019. For the submission form in an alternate format, please contact Samantha Gardner at sgardner@nasuad.org.

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6. Award Announcement  

Awards will be announced by the week of April 15th, 2019.
 
For more information, please contact Samantha Gardner at sgardner@nasuad.org.