Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA)
The Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 is a multi-faceted piece of legislation related to Medicare. One important provision of MIPPA was the allocation of federal funding (through Section 119) for State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP), Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) to help low-income Medicare beneficiaries apply for programs that make Medicare affordable.
MIPPA grantees specifically help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities to apply for programs that help pay for their Medicare costs. The Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) helps pay the Medicare Part D premium and reduces costs of prescriptions at the pharmacy. The Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) helps beneficiaries pay for Medicare Part B.