Good News For Kidney Patients On Medicare

Good News For Kidney Patients On Medicare

by | Mar 27, 2024 | Health Insurance, Resources

The SSA’s Extra Help program, which helps with Medicare Part D costs, has raised its income limits for 2024. This program can help cover your monthly premium, deductible, and prescription drug costs.

Check if you qualify:

  • Income: Your income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
  • Resources: Assets must be under $17,220 for individuals or $34,360 for couples (excluding burial plots and funds).
  • Medicare Part D: You must be enrolled in a Medicare prescription drug plan.

Full benefits now available!
Previously, there was a partial benefit level. Now, everyone who qualifies receives full benefits.

How to apply:

  • Visit https://secure.ssa.gov/i1020/Ee001View.action
  • Gather documents like bank statements, tax returns, and retirement account information.
  • Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) for help.

Additional benefits:

  • If you qualify for Medicaid, you automatically qualify for Extra Help.
  • Qualifying for Extra Help allows you to change your Medicare plan during a special enrollment period (once per quarter for the first 9 months of the year).

Check out the CovER Dept. web page here.  You can also call Balboa United’s CovER Dept. for assistance with completing the application process at 1-858-810-7103. 

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