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Extra Help

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

Qualifying for Extra Help

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

SHIIP–SMP Counselors

If you don't automatically qualify for Extra Help, you can apply at any time. SHIIP counselors can assist you with the application process. Call 1-800-351-4664 (TTY: 1-800-735-2942) or click the link below to find a counselor near you.

Apply Online

You can apply for Extra Help at any time on the Social Security Administration's website. Click the link below to get started.