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What is Extra Help? Does Extra Help Work with Medicare?

Extra Help is a program that helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay for their prescription drugs. It is also known as the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS).

Who is eligible for Extra Help?

To be eligible for Extra Help, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be enrolled in Medicare Part D.

  • Your income and resources must be below certain limits.


How do I apply for Extra Help?

You can apply for Extra Help online, by mail, or by phone. To apply online, visit the Social Security Administration (SSA) website and click on the "Apply for Extra Help" button. To apply by mail, download the SSA application form and mail it to the address on the form. To apply by phone, call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.


What are the benefits of Extra Help?

If you are eligible for Extra Help, you may be able to get help paying for your prescription drugs. Extra Help can help you pay for your medications at a reduced cost or even for free. How do I find out more about Extra Help?

You can find more information about Extra Help on the SSA website or by calling the SSA at 1-800-772-1213.


Here are some additional details about Extra Help:

  • Extra Help is a voluntary program. You do not have to be enrolled in Extra Help to get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

  • Extra Help is available to people with Medicare who have limited income and resources.

  • The amount of Extra Help you receive depends on your income and resources.

  • To apply for Extra Help, you must complete an application form.

  • You can apply for Extra Help online, by mail, or by phone.

  • If you are approved for Extra Help, you will receive a letter from the SSA.

  • The letter will tell you how much Extra Help you are eligible for and how to use it.


I hope this article helps low-income Medicare recipients learn more about Extra Help. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. 888-620-8988

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