New grant program launched for MassHealth providers to improve patient access: Proposals due no later than July 26, 2019

The Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP), funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and managed by Health Resources in Action, is now accepting proposals.

PAIGP aims to help eligible MassHealth providers increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities, and for whom English is not a primary language, through the purchase of medical diagnostic equipment, communication devices, and other resources. Grant awards can help to close the gap in access for people with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language, who are historically less likely to get routine and preventative medical care. Specific examples of such equipment include examination tables and chairs for different medical settings, sling lifts, assistive listening devices, screen reader software, and translation aid devices and software. Several more examples are provided in the Request for Proposals.

PAIGP will award grants of up to $25,000 to eligible MassHealth providers, totaling up to $2.07 million for this grant cycle ending December 31, 2019. Applicants must be currently-enrolled MassHealth physicians, dentists, or other healthcare providers who work in a medical setting that is not a hospital or owned by a hospital or hospital system, and who employ fewer 30 than full-time employees. The Grant Program aims to facilitate access to MassHealth providers in smaller practices for which significant capital investments may be challenging.

Online proposals must be submitted no later than Friday, July 26th 2019 at 5:00pm. Click here to begin the application. Visit PAIGP.org for more information and to sign up for email updates, including upcoming webinars.

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) oversees PAIGP, which is funded via MassHealth’s Section 1115 Demonstration. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is the managing vendor for the Grant Program.