The Social Security Administration will be taking Medicare Part B enrollment applications online for working aged individuals who qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
Individuals may use this online enrollment application if they are 65 or older and have or had group health plan coverage within the last 8 months through an employer.
To complete this online enrollment application, individuals will need:
If you can’t afford your Medicare Part D premiums or out-of-pocket costs, here are two programs that can help. You should apply for both.
1. Extra Help / LIS (Low Income Subsidy)
Medicare beneficiaries can qualify for Extra Help with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $5,000 per year. To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia.
Extra Help will:
2. State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAPs)
State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs (SPAPs) are state-run programs that assist low-income seniors and adults with disabilities in paying for their prescription drugs. SPAP coverage varies by state, but the programs generally provide Part D “wraparound” coverage, meaning that they pay costs that Medicare Part D does not pay.
Eligibility rules vary by state. Some states require applicants to be enrolled in Medicare and unable to qualify for the Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help). Other states may only offer SPAPs to individuals with certain chronic conditions, such as for those who are HIV+.
No. Fewer than half of all states have an SPAP. To find out if an SPAP is available in your area, hover over and select your state from the map below.
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