Some Minnesotans on Medicare may be missing out on thousands of dollars every year. Extra Help is available through Social Security and can help many to pay the premiums, deductibles and co-pays for Medicare prescription drugs.

“Many people on Medicare can’t afford to buy their medications so they either go without them or don’t take them as prescribed,” said Robin Thompson, Information and Assistance Director at Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging.

“Medicare beneficiaries who are having trouble paying for prescription drugs should contact the Senior LinkAge Line® to see if they might qualify for help.”

To Qualify for Extra Help in 2019

  • Income of no more than:
    • $1,581 per month for a single person
    • $2,134 for a couple
    • There are deductions for earned income
  • Resources of no more than:
    • $14,390 for a single person
    • $28,720 for a couple

These amounts do not include a home, car or personal property
Medicare can be complicated, but the Senior LinkAge Line can help.

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging. Call 1-800-333-2433 for help with Medicare and much more.

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