Oct. 16, 2012. Do you know someone who is on Medicare and needs assistance in paying for their prescription drugs? Medicare beneficiaries may be eligible for the federal Extra Help low income subsidy program if he or she has limited income and resources. The Extra Help program can increase cost savings by paying for all or part of the monthly premiums, annual deductibles and provide lower prescription co-payments under a Medicare prescription drug plan.
To qualify for Extra Help, the monthly income must be limited to $1,396.25 for an individual ($1,891.25 for a married couple living together). Additionally, the total resources must be limited to $13,070 for an individual ($26,120 for a married couple living together). The resources do not include a primary residence or vehicles.
If you believe someone you know may qualify for the Extra Help program, encourage them to apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov, or call 828-265-8090 for assistance with completing the online application process or for a paper application.