Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)
The Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) program supports states and tribes through grants to provide outreach and assistance to eligible Medicare beneficiaries to apply for benefit programs that help to lower the costs of their Medicare premiums and deductibles.
DHSS receives a grant through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to promote outreach and assistance for Medicare beneficiaries eligible for Medicare Part D Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs. This act also provides funding to promote Medicare Part D counseling and assistance in rural areas, as well as funding to promote preventive services covered by Medicare Part B.
DHSS contracts with eight Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) across the state to implement the MIPPA grant. These organizations promote Medicare Part D to rural areas, preventive services, Extra Help, and the Medicare Savings Program through many venues including health fairs, enrollment events, social media, and media outlets including television and newspapers, as well as provide information to Medicare beneficiaries who come into their office. AAA’s provide assistance with applications for Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help.