Medicare and prescription coverage. Prescription costs are meddlesome to just about every single Medicare beneficiary out there. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the high costs. Low Income Subsidy – Extra Help is an option worth looking into if you can qualify.
For those of you that might be able to qualify for what is referred to as “Extra Help”, this article is for you.
Low Income Subsidy (Extra Help) is offered to lower income Medicare beneficiaries. It is offered to help these individuals cover the costs of their Medicare Part D Prescription Plan, such as Premiums, Deductibles and Co-pays. To qualify for the Low Income Subsidy, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
There are two levels of this Low Income Subsidy. Full qualifiers and partial qualifiers.
Here are the income parameters to qualify: Income Based Parameters
This program is also NOT for those that qualify for full Medicaid AND Medicare benefits.
*For those of you that qualify for FULL benefits, you will pay the following for your medications:
Copay: $3.60 generic/$8.95 brand Catastrophic Copay: $0
*For those of you that qualify for PARTIAL benefits, you will pay the following for your medications:
Coinsurance: 15% Catastrophic Copay: $3.60 generic/$8.95 brand
*NOTE: That is for a couple, there are individual/single qualifications based on annual income.
This is based on annual income. Here are the parameters as to what is considered income: What is considered income
Please use this chart to determine if you may qualify.
To view the qualification charts for Alaska and Hawaii, Click Qualification Chart
In order to apply for the Low Income Subsidy, you have two options.
1: You can apply online. Here is the online application link: Low Income Subsidy Application or,
2: You can apply by calling Social Security at their toll free number (1-800-772-1213).
Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive a letter in the mail letting you know if you qualified or not.
Suggestion – – apply if you think you could be “close” It’s a rather simple application process and some people do qualify who think they may not.