Medicare Enrollment Assistance Program


To provide outreach to eligible Medicare beneficiaries regarding the benefits available under title XVIII of the Social Security Act, including the Medicare prescription drug benefit under Part D of title XVIII of the Social Security Act and under the Medicare Savings Program, and to coordinate efforts to inform older Americans about benefits available under Federal and state programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Community Living (Acl), Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008—Section 119, Public Law (PL) 110–275 as amended by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act), reauthorized by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), reauthorized by section 110 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 and reauthorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123, BBA of 2018).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Formula grants: State governments and U.S. Territories, with distribution to designated area agencies on aging and Indian Tribal Organizations through an approved State plan. Project grants: Grants may be made to any public or nonprofit private agency, organization, or institution.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individuals eligible for Medicare benefits, including Part D drug benefits, and older persons eligible for benefits and services provided under Federal and state programs.
Formula Grants - ACL will utilize appropriate census and Medicare coverage data to identify statutory target populations. Project Grants -- Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Formula Grants - Grant applications are in accordance with program announcements developed by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and will be posted on Project Grants - The availability of competitive grant funds is announced via program announcements that are simultaneously published on and the website.
Award Procedure
Formula Grants - The Administration for Community Living awards funds through a statutory formula to State Agencies on Aging. State agencies approve and award funds to Indian Tribal Organizations, Area Agencies on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Project Grants - Notification of award will be issued to the grantee.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days from receipt of application.
Not applicable.
Formula Grants - State plans are submitted for one-year period, with annual revisions. Project Grants - Grant extensions are available and may be requested.
How are proposals selected?
Mandatory/State Grant awards are made on a non-competitive basis. State Grants are awarded upon approval of a State Plan. The review process for grants/cooperative agreements consists of initially screening applications for completeness and relevancy to ACL priority areas. If the application is not relevant to ACL priority areas, it will be returned to the applicant. If accepted as submitted it will be reviewed and evaluated. The review will be conducted by a panel of not less than three experts. ACL Project officer or designee will coordinate the panel's review, but will not vote. This individual or supervisor will also prepare the panel's recommendation to the ACL Administrator. The panel's recommendations will contain numerical ratings, rankings of applications, and a written assessment of each application. The recommendations will be based on published criteria as stated in the program announcement. The review process is also stated in the program announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may not be used for: (a) construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings; (b) basic research (e.g., bio-medical experiments); (c) continuation and/or expansion of existing services, and (d) medical care, institutional care or income maintenance. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, OMB Circular A-21 for Educational Institutions, and OMB Circular A-122 for Non-Profit Organizations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of Subpart F-Audit Requirements, under 45 CFR Part 75.500, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year. Except as noted in 45 CFR Part 75.500.
Proper accounting records, identifiable by project number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years from the submission date of the final FFR document. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Public Law 100-275

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula Grants - One year. Project Grants - One to Five Years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Administrator, Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, located at all HHS Federal Regional Offices. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance for addresses.)
Headquarters Office
Katherine Glendening
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 2027957350
Fax: 2023573467
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 17$34,912,500.00; FY 18 est $37,500,000.00; FY 19 est $37,500,000.00; FY 16$37,500,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Formula Grants - Based on Statutory formula Discretionary Grant - one award not more than 12M
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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