Help for Medicare Beneficiaries
Signed into law July 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) provides funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for two valuable benefits: Low Income Subsidy "Extra Help" and Medicare Savings Programs. The goal of this funding is to help states increase outreach and awareness of these valuable benefits to consumers with low incomes. MIPPA encourages not only outreach, but person-centered assistance to help consumers who are not currently receiving these benefits apply for them.
In 2010, 37% of eligible Extra Help beneficiaries were still not enrolled in the benefit. Nevada's Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Nevada's Care Connection (ADRC) have been working together to help find and enroll these individuals throughout the state.
What are the Benefits?
Two benefit programs are targeted under MIPPA:
Low Income Subsidy (LIS) - The LIS program, also known as "Extra Help" provides assistance to Medicare Part D beneficiaries in paying for their monthly prescription drug costs.
Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) - These benefits, available through the state Medicaid agency, help beneficiaries with low incomes pay for their Medicare premiums.