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Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Social Security Administration - Medicare Part D
   - Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan



Table of Contents:

:: What is extra help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs?
:: What is the income limit?
:: What does not count as income?
:: What is the resource limit?
:: What does not count as a resource?
:: Income and Resources (Assets) Worksheet
:: How do you apply?
:: What should you know about the application for extra help?
:: Tips for completing the application for extra help
:: How do you answer question 5 about life insurance: face and cash values?
:: How do you answer question 11 about help with household expenses?
:: How do we make a decision on your claim?
:: How can you appeal the determination Social Security made on your application for extra help?
:: How can Social Security help you with the Medicare prescription drug plans?
:: How to get help to make a decision about enrolling in a specific prescription drug plan?
:: What factors should you consider when comparing your Medicare drug plan choices?
:: How do you join a Medicare prescription drug plan?
:: What should you do next?

Also see:
:: CMS Guide to LIS Mailings Summer and Fall 2014
:: What will the 2015 Part D Plans look like
:: Your Guide to Prescription Drug Coverage
:: How to Get Extra Help With Your Medicare Drug Plan Costs

This Website Q1Medicare.com also offers many tools to assist you in finding a Medicare Part D plan in your area.

:: Part D Plan Finder
:: Compare Changes Part D Plans from one year to the next
:: Plan Overview by State

Medicare Part D enrollment forms and support documents can be downloaded from any of the above search tools.
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Contacting Social Security

Visit the Social Security website

The Social Security website, www.socialsecurity.gov, is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security’s programs. At Social Security’s website, you can:
  • Apply for extra help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs;
  • Apply for other Social Security benefits;
  • Find the address of your local Social Security office;
  • Request a Social Security Statement or a replacement Medicare card; and
  • Find copies of our publications.

Social Security’s toll-free number

If you need an application, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213, and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Social Security representatives are available to help you complete your application or answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Social Security provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can call Social Security’s TTY number, 1-800-325-0778.

Social Security treat all calls confidentially. Social Security also want to make sure you receive accurate and courteous service. That is why Social Security have a second Social Security representative monitor some telephone calls.

(Source: Social Security Administration: Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan publication 10508. Additional examples and links from Q1Group LLC)
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