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Apply now for Extra Help with Medicare drug costs

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frequently asked questions

Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for the extra help if they have limited income and resources. The extra help can increase their cost savings by paying for part of the monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments under the new prescription drug program. The extra help could be worth up to $3,600 per year.


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Whether you're filing on your own behalf or helping someone file the application, submit the Internet application to us right away to avoid delaying the extra help.

What's New

Help us find Medicare beneficiaries who might qualify for extra help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. We are asking family members, caregivers and third parties to help anyone who might qualify apply for the extra help. If you know a Medicare beneficiary who might qualify or if you think you might qualify yourself, visit our electronic leaflet for more information.


Additional Resources
You may qualify for other programs to help you purchase your prescriptions. Below, are additional web sites with calculators and other tools designed to help you make informed decisions when it comes to managing your prescription drug costs.


Sample: Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs, Get Acrobat reader SSA-1020. Instruction sheets are available in 15 different languages to help you understand the English application. The instructions are to be used as guides and cannot be used as applications. Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese

The actual applications are available only in English and Spanish. You must complete either an English or Spanish scannable paper application or you can apply online (English only).


Form to appeal the decision we made about your eligibility for help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs.  


Form to review your continuing eligibility for extra help with Medicare Prescription Drug plan costs. (English and Spanish PDF)  

Prescription Help Publications


The Official U.S. Government Site for People with Medicare

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Although Social Security determines entitlement to Medicare benefits, the Medicare program is administered by a different agency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There also is a Medicare Web site, and CMS has several publications about Medicare prescription drug coverage.

For information about changes in your extra help coverage, visit CMS at On this site, you also will find copies of CMS mailings.

You can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to speak to a Medicare Customer Service Representative. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

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Last reviewed or modified Wednesday Sep 10, 2008
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