Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)
Overview of MIPPA
On July 15, 2008, Congress enacted the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA), Pub. Law 110-275. MIPPA is a multi-faceted piece of legislation containing several important provisions that directly changed the Medicare program and allocated federal funding (through Section 119) for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), and to a technical resource center, which is run by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), to provide outreach to low-income Medicare beneficiaries to increase enrollment in Medicare low-income assistance programs. One major goal of MIPPA is the continued improvement of Medicare access and affordability for low-income beneficiaries.
MIPPA has undergone six rounds of funding since its enactment in 2008. All states are allocated funding based on a formula that takes into account each state’s Medicare population. The most current MIPPA reauthorization comes from the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, Pub. Law 115-123, enacted on February 9, 2018. This legislation extends MIPPA funding for outreach and enrollment for two years, through fiscal year 2019. The authorizing legislation for MIPPA funding includes:
NASUAD’s Work to Further MIPPA Outreach
Making Connections with the Disability Community
In collaboration with national stakeholders in the aging and disability networks and with feedback from local Centers for Independent Living, NASUAD has developed and disseminated outreach materials to promote Medicare low-income subsidies to beneficiaries with disabilities.
These outreach materials include posters to educate Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities about low-income subsidies. The posters include an editable space wherein outreach professionals may add contact information for their preferred referral source. The posters are available here:
NASUAD developed a call for collaboration media campaign intended to educate and ultimately enroll more people in the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy programs. NASUAD partnered with national and state disability organizations to reach people with one or more impairments that qualify for disability benefits.
An overview of resources for outreach and creative ways to publicize information for consumers used in the campaign is available here.
Identifying and Disseminating Promising Practices for MIPPA Outreach
NASUAD collaborates with several national stakeholders in the Aging and Disability Networks to gather information about local-level MIPPA outreach from the I&R Network, ADRCs, AAAs and CILs. Based on information gathered, NASUAD develops educational materials highlighting promising practices in MIPPA outreach. The MIPPA initiative also collaborates with the I&R Center at NASUAD to gather data about the role of aging and disability agencies and I&R/A professionals in benefits education and outreach.
Promising Practice Profiles:
Engaging Consumers Through Fun and Interactive Games
Tools to Simplify Benefits Information for Staff
System for Providing Comprehensive Eligibility Information
Increasing Outreach by Building Partnerships
Increasing ADRC Employees’ Awareness of Medicare “Help” Programs
Practices Across the Country:
Information and Referral/Assistance's (I&R/A) Role in Connecting Clients to Benefits
The Role of MIPPA: Helping Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Afford Medicare
NASUADiQ is NASUAD’s online learning center that offers free educational courses on topics related to the aging and disability networks. A course is available on “The Role of MIPPA: Helping Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities Afford Medicare”. This module provides participants with information about MIPPA, the Medicare program, and the Medicare low-income subsidies. The module also provides key referral resources for additional program information and enrollment assistance.
To access the MIPPA course, please visit NASUADiQ.org.
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) brought important improvements to the Medicare system. MIPPA is a complicated piece of legislation, running over 275 pages. Not all provisions are discussed on our MIPPA Legislation page; rather, the brief overview aims to discuss pertinent areas that are of particular importance to states and low-income beneficiaries. Topics included are:
- Changes affecting beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources
- Medicare Advantage Changes
- Medigap changes
- Changes to Therapy and Psychiatric costs and coverage caps