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MEDIA ADVISORY: URI awarded $14 million federal health

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

URI awarded $14 million federal grant to improve care, lower healthcare costs for cognitively challenged adults

WHAT: Press Conference to formally announce a $14 million federal grant awarded to URI to improve the lives and lower the healthcare costs for cognitively challenged adults with chronic diseases and those with Alzheimer's who receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for its innovation approach to managing healthcare.

The announcement comes as the Americans with Disabilities Act marks its 22nd anniversary this week and lawmakers nationwide evaluate plans to implement some or all of the Affordable Care Act. The three-year grant is projected to save the federal government and the state of Rhode Island just over $15 million in health-care costs by preventing illness, emergency room visits, nursing home care, and hospitalization of these adults. The program will service adults with multiple chronic illnesses, create about 31 jobs and train 226 workers over the three years.

WHO: Governor Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Jack Reed, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. David Cicilline, along with URI President David Dooley, Provost Donald DeHayes and the Principal Investigator and Associate Research Professor Elaina Goldstein. Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung is expected to be in attendance, as well as Rep. Eileen Naughton.

WHEN: Monday, July 23, 10:30 AM

WHERE: AccessPoint RI (formerly Cranston ARC), 1240 Park Avenue, Cranston. This is one of the four Rhode Island agencies at which the project will be implemented.

For more information, contact Jhodi Redlich, 874-2116 or 874-4500.