NASUAD Publishes Tip Sheets for Increasing MIPPA Outreach
On December 2, 2015, the National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) published two tip sheets designed to increase the number of low-income seniors and people with disabilities that the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) reaches. MIPPA improves the quality of existing Medicare assistance programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy program (LIS). Awareness of the existence of these subsidy plans may help low-income people with disabilities who otherwise might have to quit their jobs to be eligible for a healthcare plan contingent on limited earned income, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This plan would allow an otherwise eligible person to remain in the workforce on Medicare.
The two tip sheets are the Internal Tip Sheet and the External Tip Sheet. The Internal Tip Sheet, “Promising Practice Tip Sheet: Increasing ADRC Employees’ Awareness of Medicare ‘Help’ Programs”, provides agencies with examples of two methods that were used to increase the number of beneficiaries who were aware of Medicare Savings plans and available low-income subsidies.
Catawba Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in South Carolina created an internal information template that helps employees that assist people to start a conversation about the caller’s eligibility and allows them to gather information on eligibility more easily. Illinois Department on Aging’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) hangs a poster with MSP and LIS eligibility information behind the desks of their employees, which prompts them to ask callers about the caller’s eligibility more often.
The External Tip Sheet, “Promising Practices Tip Sheet: Increasing Outreach by Building Partnerships,” discusses the best way to conduct outreach to the community on MSP and LIS programs. It uses, as an example, the Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana (AIHS), which conducts outreach with organizations that may be overlooked if the agency uses only traditional outreach approaches (e.g., Meals on Wheels, libraries, state and health fairs, etc.).