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Volume 10 Issue 3 - July 2009

For Your Information

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited income and resources also are eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs related to a Medicare prescription drug plan: monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments.


Extra Help is estimated to be worth an average of $3,900 per year. Many people qualify for these big savings and don’t even know it.


If you are not getting Extra Help automatically,
it is easy to apply. Just complete Social Security’s Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020).


There are three ways to apply:
1.) Apply at www.socialsecurity.gov;
2.) Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) to apply over the phone or to request that an application be mailed to you;
3.) Apply at your local Social Security office.

For more information about getting Extra Help, visit the website at
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10509.htm.