The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
Uses and Use Restrictions
No more than 10 States may be selected to participate in the pilot program.
Please refer to Section IV.5 "Funding Restrictions" of the full solicitation for additional information regarding the State prohibitions on the use of grant funds.
Participation in the pilot program is open to all States.
A State's Office of the Governor or State Survey Agency (SA) may apply for funding under this grant opportunity.
Additionally, certain other State agencies (e.g., the State Medicaid Agency, the State Office of the Attorney General, the State Identification Bureau (SIB), the State Control Terminal Agency (CTA), the State Health Department or the State Social Services Block Grant recipient) may also apply for funding under this grant opportunity, provided they have an agreement with the State Survey Agency for the conduct of the pilot program in that State.
Participation in the pilot program is open to all States. A State's Office of the Governor or State Survey Agency (SA) may apply for funding under this grant opportunity.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
States needed to apply to CMS to participate in the pilot program by submitting a complete application to CMS. Please contact program office for application deadline.
States selected to participate in the pilot were notified during December 2004. Please see Section VI "Award Administration Information" of the solicitation for further information regarding the award procedures.
Please contact the program for the deadline for States to apply to participate in the pilot program.
Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003, Public Law 108-173, Section 307; Medicare Modernization Act (MMA).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
The pilot program will last through FY 2007 or September 30, 2007.
There are no formal appeals procedures. If a State's application is not selected, the reasons for non-selection will be fully stated.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Project Period: Date of grant awards through September 30, 2007.
Post Assistance Requirements
Periodic reports are due to CMS in accordance with the timeframes established by CMS.
Payment transactions identifiable to the Background Checks Pilot Program are subject to audit by the Secretary or his/her agent.
Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the project shall be retained for at least three years or until resolution of any audit questions.
FY 07 $16,000; FY 08 $1,184,000; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Selected pilot States can expect to receive between $500,000 to $5 million in a grant award for the entire 3-year pilot period. Please refer to Section II.2. "Amount and Number of Grants to be Awarded" of the solicitation package for additional information.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
Program Contact: Amber Wolfe, Center for Medicaid and State Operations, Survey and Certification Group, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244. Telephone: (410) 786-6773.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Please refer to Section V.1. "Application Review Information, Criteria" of the solicitation for the complete review and selection criteria.
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