MIPPA - Save Money on Your Medicare and Prescription Drug Expenses

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) is a program that provides Medicare Part D counseling to Medicare beneficiaries to promote Medicare Prevention and wellness benefits.

Extra Help


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Part of this program is designed to assist Medicare beneficiaries in applying for Extra Help also known as Low Income Subsidy that helps people with limited income and assets pay for the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays for their Medicare Part D. It also eliminates the gap in coverage.

How to Apply
  • Apply online, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp
  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to apply over the phone or request an application
  • Contact the CSI Office on Aging at 1-800-574-8656 or 1-208-736-2122

Medicare Savings Programs

When enrolled in the program your Medicare Part B premium is paid for you. In certain cases, the deductibles and co-pays are also covered. You will continue to receive the same Medicare benefits, see the same doctors, and get the same service as before. The only difference is that you will save extra money at the end of the month.

How to Apply

  • Call the Idaho Health and Welfare Office at 1-877-456-1233 for the mail-in application
  • Contact the CSI Office on Aging at 1-800-574-8656 or 1-208-736-2122
  • Download application at http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

Medicare Wellness Visit

The main focus of this visit is to create and update a prevention plan based on your specific health and risk factors. Review your medical and family history, create a list of current medical providers, suppliers and medications, record height, weight, blood pressure, and other routine measurements, create a list of risk factors and tratment options, review your functional ability and level of safety, and establish a schedule of screenings for appropriate preventive services.

The cost of the visit is covered by Medicare including the deductible and co-payment. When scheduling your appointment be sure to specify that you want the Free Medicare Annual Wellness Visit. For more information contact your doctor or primary health care provider.