CLAIM awarded AmeriCorps grant for 2015-2016

Columbia, Mo. —CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, has been awarded an AmeriCorps grant for the fifth straight year. This year’s grant, totaling $94,674, will allow CLAIM to extend its reach to more Medicare enrollees across the state.

The CLAIM grant was part of the $4.2 million in funding announced Monday by Governor Jay Nixon for community programs and non-profit organizations across the state. The AmeriCorps members help the CLAIM program provide additional outreach to Medicare beneficiaries and recruit additional volunteers to provide education and outreach. Members also become expert counselors.

“We help more than 40,000 individuals each year understand their Medicare options,” said Carol Beahan, CLAIM Director. “The AmeriCorps grant will extend that reach by more than 20,000 individuals.”

Since Sept. 1, 2014, over 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries have been served, over 26,000 beneficiaries have been reached based on outreach programs and over 6,600 hours have been spent assisting those beneficiaries. CLAIM currently has 11 AmeriCorps volunteers.

Founded in 1993, CLAIM has helped Missourians save millions in out-of-pocket expenses by helping beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and by providing enrollment assistance.



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