Deemed Status Notice

What is it?

If you get this PURPLE notice it means you automatically qualify for Extra Help because you have both Medicare and Medicaid , you're in a Medicare Savings Program (MSP), or you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

When should I get it?

You may get this notice at any time.

Who sends it?


What should I do if I get this notice?

Medicare will mail you a purple letter to let you know you automatically qualify for Extra Help. Keep this for your records. You don’t need to apply for Extra Help if you get this letter.

  • If you don’t already have Medicare drug coverage, you must get it to use this Extra Help.
  • If you don’t have drug coverage, Medicare may enroll you in a separate Medicare drug plan so that you’ll be able to use the Extra Help. If Medicare enrolls you in a plan, you’ll get a yellow or green letter letting you know when your coverage begins, and you’ll have a Special Enrollment Period to change plans if you want to enroll in a different plan than the one Medicare enrolled you in.

Download a sample

"Deemed Status Notice [PDF, 127 KB]"

Get this notice in Spanish [PDF, 73.5 KB].

Publication, product, or other number

Product No. 11166

Unofficial name

Purple notice