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Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, IHEs, CBOs, and Tribes to Assist Medicare Recipients

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) State Project Grants

GrantWatch ID# 207024
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living
Center for Innovation and Partnership
CFDA Number: 93.048
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACL-CIP-MPPG-0006
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/19/22
LOI Date: 01/06/23
Deadline: 02/15/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, small businesses, IHEs, CBOs, FBOs, and Native American Tribal entities to assist Medicare recipients. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several days to complete. The mission of the SMP program is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.

To further this mission, all SMP program activities are organized around four strategic program objectives:

  1. Provide group education and one-on-one assistance to Medicare beneficiaries on a statewide basis, with a specific emphasis on those with greatest need.
  2. Recruit, train, and retain a diverse, sufficient, effective, and representative workforce equipped to provide high-quality education and one-on-one support.
  3. Monitor and assess SMP results through operational and quality measures.
  4. Position SMP to nimbly and effectively respond to changes in the programmatic landscape.

The SMP projects use this funding to provide local outreach, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through a trained workforce, many of which are volunteers. SMP projects teach Medicare beneficiaries to protect their Medicare numbers, to detect billing discrepancies on their Medicare statements, and to report suspicious activity for further investigation. In addition, SMP projects actively disseminate fraud prevention and identification information through the media, outreach campaigns, and community events. As a result of these efforts, beneficiaries contact the SMP projects with inquiries and complaints regarding potential Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. SMPs provide in-depth counseling and assistance to help beneficiaries who present with questions and issues.

For grantee responsibilities, see pages 14-15 of the FOA document below. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants: Domestic public or private non-profit entities including state governments.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Foreign entities are not eligible to compete for, or receive, awards made under this announcement.

The following activities are not fundable:
- Construction and/or major rehabilitation of buildings
- Basic research (e.g. scientific or medical experiments)
- Continuation of existing projects without expansion or new and innovative approaches

For additional funding restrictions, see pages 25-26 in the FOA document below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Dec 19, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Senior Medicare Patrol State Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity: Informational Call

Register in advance for this webinar:

Pre-Application Information
Due Date for Letter of Intent: 01/06/2023. Applicants are requested, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to apply for this funding

Closing Date for Applications: Feb 15, 2023 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application a minimum of 3-5 days prior to the application closing date.

Please note, ACL requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through in Workspace. The registration process can take several days. If your organization is not currently registered, please begin this process immediately. All applicants must have a UEI and be registered with the System for Award Management.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Expected Number of Awards: 56. ACL plans to award one cooperative agreement per state and territory.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $1,700,000
- Award Floor: $90,000

MP Base Grant Award:
- Funding of up to $230,000 per budget period for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
- Funding of up to $95,000 per budget period for Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands
- Funding of up to $50,000 American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Additional SMP funding allocated to successful applicants based on the following formula:
i. 80% of the remaining funds available distributed based on the total Medicare beneficiary population in each state/territory;
ii. 10% of the remaining funds available distributed based on the population of rural Medicare beneficiaries in each state/territory; and
iii. 10% of the remaining funds available distributed based on the population of Medicare beneficiaries with limited income in each state/territory.

Term of Contract
Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods. The anticipated project period start date for this announcement is: 06/01/2023

Contact Information
Letters of intent should be emailed to:
Rebecca Kinney
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Community Living
Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling
Washington, DC

For assistance with, please contact them at or 800-518-4726.

RFP & Supporting Documents
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