Medicare Extra Help | Ascension Complete

Medicare’s Extra Help Program

 

Get Extra Help Paying Your Medicare Drug Costs

Extra Help is a Medicare program to help people with limited income and resources pay for their Medicare prescription drug coverage, such as plan premiums, deductibles, copays or coinsurance. Additionally, those who qualify will not have a coverage gap or late enrollment penalty.

Qualifying for Extra Help

To qualify for Extra Help, you must have Medicare and have limited income and resources.  You must also reside in one of the fifty states or the District of Columbia.  You may automatically qualify for Extra Help If you have Medicare and meet any of these conditions:

If you qualify for Extra Help, you’ll receive a purple letter in the mail from Medicare about your Extra Help.  It’s important to keep this letter for your records.  If you receive this letter, you don’t need to apply for Extra Help. 

Applying for Extra Help

If you don’t automatically qualify for Extra Help, you can apply at any time.  You’ll need to complete Social Security’s application for the Medicare Extra Help program in one of the following ways.

Note that if you qualify for Extra Help and don’t already have Medicare drug coverage (Part D), you must join either a Medicare Advantage plan with Prescription Drug Coverage or a separate Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to use Extra Help.

Level of Extra Help

If you receive Extra Help from Medicare, your monthly plan premium will be lower than what it would be if you did not receive Extra Help.  The amount of extra help you receive will determine your total monthly plan premium. The Premium Subsidy Chart shows you what your monthly plan premium will be if you receive extra help.

 

If you have questions please, contact Member Services.