Programs are available to help pay the costs of people’s Medicare premiums and prescription drug copays. Unfortunately, many people do not think they are eligible, so they do not apply and miss out on thousands of dollars in savings.
Medicare Savings Programs help pay people’s Medicare Part B premium. Some people can also get help paying their Medicare deductibles and coinsurance. People can apply by contacting the county human service office where they live, or they can download and complete the Application for Certain Populations.
The Extra Help Program lowers the cost of prescription drugs and can save people up to $5,000/ year. People on the Extra Help Program also have additional Medicare enrollment periods, which allows them to change plans at different times throughout the year. People can apply for the program by calling Social Security or applying online at www.ssa.gov.
To learn if you are eligible or to get help with an application, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 800-333-2433.
The Senior LinkAge Line is a free, statewide service of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Minnesota’s Area Agencies on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line helps older Minnesotans and caregivers find answers and connect to the services and support they need.