MEDICARE EXTRA HELP

Extra help for Medicare costs

WHAT IS EXTRA HELP?

Individuals with limited resources and fixed incomes may qualify for extra help with Medicare costs—monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments—related to Medicare prescription drug plans. 

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In some cases, Medicare Savings Programs may also pay Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments if certain criteria are met. 

In addition, your state may offer help with Medicare costs. We can help you determine your eligibility.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Once you choose a plan, you will be asked to provide the insurer with documentation proving that you are receiving extra help. Documents that can be used as proof include:

  • A purple, yellow, or green notice of automatic qualification from Medicare

  • An Extra Help Award Notice from the Social Security Administration

  • Your Supplemental Security Income Award Letter

  • A copy of your Medicaid card
     

If you qualify for Medicaid, then your Part B will be added back to your Social Security check.

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Medicare income limits

DO I QUALIFY?

How do you know if you qualify for Medicare Extra Help? The Medicare Savings Program has a list of countable resources that includes:

  • Money in a checking or savings account

  • Your monthly income 

  • ​Stocks and bonds
     

The following assets are not included among the countable resources:

  • ​Your home

  • Your car

  • Your burial plot and up to $1,500 for burial expenses if you have put that money aside

  • Furniture, other household items, and personal items

The federal government's income limits change each year.
If you don't qualify this year, you may qualify next year. 

HOW DO I SIGN UP?

There are several ways to sign up for Medicare Extra Help:

Our office is happy to help you with the application process at no cost to you.

Need help enrolling? We can help you.