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MIPPA in Numbers

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June 19, 2012 Read More

Read MIPPA success stories and learn more about what grantees are doing.

Since its passage in 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) has made significant improvements to the lives of vulnerable older adults.

Under MIPPA, states, territories, and the District of Columbia received funding to help low-income Medicare beneficiaries apply for two benefits that make Medicare affordable—the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). MIPPA funding is also used to provide Part D counseling to Medicare beneficiaries who live in rural areas, and to promote the new Medicare prevention and wellness benefits.

Here’s what MIPPA has achieved thus far:

480,000 individuals counseled

MIPPA grantees have counseled over 480,000 older adults and younger adults with disabilities about Part D, Medicare’s preventive benefits, and how they can save money on Medicare costs. Roughly half of those counseled live in rural areas.

$1.6 billion in benefits

Since the grants began in 2009, MIPPA grantees have submitted 578,000 applications for LIS and MSP, worth an estimated $1.6 billion in benefits.

Gap closed by 12%

By submitting over half a million LIS and MSP applications, MIPPA grantees have helped to close the gap of those missing out on these two benefits by 12%. MIPPA has helped to ensure that more low-income people with Medicare are able to afford their prescriptions and health care costs. 

10,000 partners

MIPPA grantees don’t work in a vacuum—they partner with state agencies administering benefits, community organizations serving low-income populations, and sometimes even the private sector to achieve their goals. Since 2009, MIPPA grantees have formed nearly 10,000 partnerships nationwide. The majority (59%) of partners help spread the message about both benefits and preventive services.

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