Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) both play an important role in determining funding for the SHIP network each year.
Congress directs the spending of federal programs through the congressional appropriations process. In each appropriations cycle, Congress determines the budget for CMS programs and operations as part of the Labor-HHS-Education spending measure. The spending measure includes a recommendation to CMS on SHIP funding for the fiscal year. CMS then disburses funds to SHIPs through non-competitive continuation grants and Performance Plus Awards.
Each year, HAP works to educate key policymaker audiences about the value that SHIPs bring to their communities so that Congress can continue to fully invest in supporting the SHIP network. Reference the timeline below to see how SHIP Funding has increased over the years.
SHIPs can also play a role in educating decisionmaker audiences about how their work helps to improve access to benefits for Medicare beneficiaries across the country.
For more information on HAP's public education and policy activities in support of the SHIP network, contact us.