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See what activities are planned for FY14 in our new publication, MIPPA at a Glance.

Under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), states, territories, and the District of Columbia received funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for the Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) and the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). 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. MIPPA grants are administered by the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Since 2009, MIPPA grantees have submitted more than 785,000 LIS and MSP applications for a total value of benefits of over $2 billion. Read more about the results of the first two MIPPA grants to states in our latest report and access a recording of our April 2013 webinar, MIPPA--What We've Learned and What Happens Next.

MIPPA 3 Funding, Guidance, and Reporting

The American Taxpayer Relief Act passed in January 2013 reauthorized funding for MIPPA activities for an additional year. States received funds to continue their outreach and enrollment activities beginning Sept. 30, 2013. NCOA's Center for Benefits Access was also awarded a grant to continue to serve as the MIPPA technical resource center.

NCOA hosted a webinar on the reporting guidelines for MIPPA 3 on Nov. 20, 2013. Access the webinar recording and download the slides.

Center staff updated the guidance document on MIPPA 3 following conversations with CMS and ACL. Download the MIPPA 3 Guidance and Reporting FAQs.

MIPPA 4 Update - NEW!

In late March, Congress passed the Medicare "doc fix" or Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which included additional funding for MIPPA in both FY14 and FY15. On Sept. 26, following the receipt of proposals from states and Tribes, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) released funding to states and Title VI Native American programs.

NCOA's Role

The Center for Benefits Access at NCOA serves as the resource center for MIPPA grantees. The Center provides training, collects data, and disseminates information and best practices to grantees.

MIPPA Map

Our national map provides examples of success from across the country, as well as downloadable fact sheets on the achievements of each MIPPA state.

Outreach Materials

For Native Americans

In addition to SHIPs, AAAs, and ADRCs, Native American Tribes can also receive small grants to do MIPPA outreach in their tribal communities. If your state is working with Tribes, or wants to improve outreach to this population, visit our Native American MIPPA page to download state-specific fact sheets you can use in this effort.

For Younger Adults with Disabilities

NCOA partnered with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) to develop and test outreach materials specifically for younger adults with disabilities to access benefits. These materials are available for download on NASUAD's website.

For All Audiences

Sample MIPPA outreach materials can be found in our Resource Library by searching for "Samples & Templates" under Resource Type.

MIPPA Successes

Want to know more about what states have accomplished using MIPPA funds? Read our report MIPPA—Three Years On and check out these success stories:

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