Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited resources and income may also be able to get Extra Help to pay for the costs—monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments—related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. Many people qualify for these important savings and don't even know it.
To qualify for Extra Help:
- You must reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia;
- Your resources must be limited to $14,610 for an individual or $29,160 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank ac counts, stocks and bonds. We do not count your home, car or any life insurance policy as resources and
- Your annual income must be limited to $19,140 for an individual or $25,860 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Some examples where you may have higher income and still qualify for Extra Help include if you or your spouse:
- Support other family members who live with you,
- Have earnings form work, or
- Live in Alaska or Hawaii.
How do I apply?
Applying for Extra Help is easy. Just complete Social Security's Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Here's how:
- Apply online at: www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp
- Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to apply over the
- phone or to request an application; or
- Apply at your local Social Security office.