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Help with Medicare Costs

Qualifying for Extra Help

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for "Extra Help" to pay your Part D premium and prescription drug costs. 

If you are on Medicare you automatically qualify for Extra Help if any of the following are true:

  • You qualify for Medicaid benefits
  • You get help from the state Medicaid program paying your Medicare Part B premium (a Medicare Savings Program)
  • You get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits

Applying for Extra Help

If you don't automatically qualify for Extra Help, you can apply at any time. SHIIP-SMP counselors can assist you with the application process. Call 1-800-351-4664 (TTY: 1-800-735-2942) or visit Find a Counselor to seek out local resources.

Apply Online

You can also apply for Extra Help online at any time on the Social Security Administration's website.