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Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)

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See what activities are planned for 2015 in our updated 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 860,000 LIS and MSP applications for a total value of benefits of over $2.3 billion. Read more about the results of the first three years of MIPPA grants to states in our this report.

Latest Updates - NEW!

On Sept. 26, 2014 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. The District of Columbia and 44 states received state funding; 91 Tribes in 17 states also received Tribal MIPPA funding. Read more about what they have planned under this grant in our fact sheet, MIPPA IV at a Glance.

In April 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was enacted. This legislation holds two important updates for MIPPA grantees:

  1. It made the Qualified Individual (QI) program permanent, meaning low-income Medicare beneficiaries with incomes between 120-135% FPL will still be able to take advantage of this Medicare Savings Program that helps pay their Part B premiums.
  2. It expanded and increased funding for MIPPA outreach and enrollment activities through FY17. The first round of this additional funding will likely come about in fall 2015; stay tuned for details!

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.

Outreach Materials

For American Indians/ Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives

In addition to SHIPs, AAAs, and ADRCs, 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 Tribal 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.


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