Extra Help program

If you are having trouble paying for your medications and/or affording Medicare Part D monthly premiums, Social Security has a program called Extra Help. It helps defray co-pays at the pharmacy, monthly premiums on Medicare Part D plans and reduce or eliminate the annual deductible.

To qualify, individuals must have Medicare Part D. Annual income limits are $19,320 for individuals (asset limit of $14,790) and $26,130 for married couples (asset limit of $29,520).

To apply, call your local senior center, apply online, or for those in southern Illinois, call Southeastern Illinois Agency on Aging at 618-262-2306 extension 21 and ask for Megan.