Low-income Medicare beneficiaries may qualify for a subsidy to help pay costs associated with Part D plans. This subsidy is called Extra Help. Also, under certain circumstances, the copayment for prescriptions may be waived or reduced.
You may qualify for a low-income Part D subsidy if:
You can learn more about eligibility requirements and apply for a subsidy at the Social Security Administration office online at www.ssa.gov.
In addition to low-income subsidies, circumstances exist in which a Part D plan enrollee may not have to pay the normal copayment for a covered drug. These include:
To discover the benefits you're entitled to and claim them as easily as possible, get Social Security, Medicare & Government Pensions: Get the Most Out of Your Retirement & Medical Benefits, by Joseph Matthews with Dorothy Matthews Berman (Nolo).