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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.

In December 2013, Congress passed a budget agreement that included additional funding for low-income benefits outreach and enrollment activities for MIPPA grantees to spend in FY14. The $12.5 million in additional MIPPA funding includes:

  • $3.75 million each for Area Agencies on Aging and State Health Insurance Assistance Programs.
  • $2.5 million for Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
  • $2.5 million to contract with NCOA’s Center for Benefits Access for ongoing technical assistance to grantees.

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. In late June, the Administration for Community Living announced the availability of MIPPA 4 funding to states in the Federal Register. State proposals are due Aug. 4. Read the announcement.

ACL also announced the availability of funding for Title VI Native American Programs to apply for small grants to conduct one benefits outreach event or activity. The deadline for Tribal applicants is July 31. Read the Tribal funding announcement.

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 to 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.

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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