How does Extra Help assist with Medicare prescription drug plan costs?

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs. Extra Help is a low-income subsidy provided by the Social Security Administration to help eligible Medicare beneficiaries pay all or some of their monthly plan premiums, annual deductibles, copays and coinsurance.

To find out if your income and resources qualify, you will need to complete and submit an Application for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. You can complete the application online at or by calling Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). You may also apply at your local Social Security office. After you apply, Social Security will review your application and send a letter letting you know if you qualify for full or partial Extra Help.

Return to the Medicare FAQ section to view more answers to other commonly asked questions about Medicare prescription drug coverage.