Feb 25, 2013

Need help with your health care costs?

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Susan, a woman in her mid-80’s, went to her local SHIP for help with her finances and healthcare decisions. Susan hasn't had prescription drug coverage since 2011, and she currently isn’t getting any help to pay her prescription drug costs. Susan spoke with a SHIP counselor about her situation and learned she could get Extra Help with paying her prescription drug costs. Susan's now enrolled in a plan where she can afford her medications.

If you have limited income and resources, like Susan, you may be eligible for “Extra Help” or one of Medicare’s savings programs. These programs may help you save on premiums, deductibles, copayments, or prescription costs.

Get help with one of our 4 savings programs

Medicare offers 4 kinds of programs that may help with your costs.

1.     Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program

2.     Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)

3.     Qualified Individual (QI) Program

4.     Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI)

Applying for Extra Help is simple and free.

Don't go without your prescriptions even if you’re having trouble paying for them. If you have limited income or resources, you may be eligible for Extra Help to help pay Medicare prescription drug costs, like premiums, deductibles and copayments.

Take a minute to see if you qualify to get help with your health care costs – it could mean money in your pocket.