New Mexico Health Grants

New Mexico – Two federal grants will help New Mexico senior citizens and people with disabilities navigate through their options for health care and long-term care.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced the grants for more than $871,000 to New Mexico's Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

State Aging and Long-Term Services Secretary Michael Spanier says the grants will help senior citizens and adults with disabilities understand their long-term support options and help them make informed decisions.

The money will be used to help families understand Medicare and Medicaid benefits, including coverage for preventive services.

The funds also will guide them through options for long-term care, including community-based services that can help people remain in their homes.

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