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Need Extra Help?

There is assistance available for singles and couples who meet the eligibility requirements for lower incomes and who have little in savings or other assets. If you think you will need assistance to help pay for a Part D plan you can apply for help through the Social Security Administration. Apply online

In addition, there are additional state agencies and programs that may be available to provide extra help. Select the first letter of your state below to view additional resources in your state.

You may be able to get Extra Help to pay for your prescription drug premiums and costs. To see if you qualify for getting Extra Help, call:

• 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048, 24 hours a day/7days a week;

• The Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778; or

• Your State Medicaid Offi ce.

People with limited incomes may qualify for Extra Help to pay for their prescription drug costs. If eligible, Medicare could pay for seventy fi ve percent of drug costs including monthly prescription drug premiums, annual deductibles, and co-insurance. Additionally, those who qualify will not be subject to the coverage gap or a late enrollment penalty. Many people are eligible for these savings and don’t even know it. For more information about this Extra Help, contact your local Social Security offi ce or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.



Alabama

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Senior Rx:

Medicaid Agency of Alabama:

Alaska

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Senior Care:

Alaska - State Medical Assistance Office:

Arizona

Arizona CoppeRx Card®:

Arizona State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System:

Arkansas

Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Elder Care:

Arkansas Medicaid:

California

Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP):

Genetically Handicapped Persons Program:

California Department of Health Services:

Colorado

Colorado State Health Insurance Assistance Program:

Colorado Medicaid:

Connecticut

Connecticut Program for Health Insurance Assistance, Outreach, Information & Referral Counseling and Elig. Screening (CHOICES):

Connecticut Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract to the Elderly and Disabled (ConnPACE):

Department of Social Services of Connecticut:

Delaware

ELDERinfo:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-336-9500
  • Phone: 1-302-739-6266
  • Website: ELDERinfo

Delaware Prescription Assistance Program:

Chronic Renal Disease Program:

Delaware Health and Social Services:

District of Columbia

Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP):

DC Medicaid:

Florida

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders):

Florida Comprehensive Health Association:

Florida Medicaid:

Georgia

Georgia Cares:

Georgia Department of Community Health:

Hawaii

Sage PLUS:

  • Toll-Free: 1-888-875-9229
  • Phone: 1-808-586-7299
  • Website: Sage PLUS

Smooth Transitions:

  • Toll-Free: 1-866-878-9769

Department of Human Services of Hawaii:

Idaho

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA):

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare:

Illinois

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP):

Circuit Breaker:

Illinois Cares Rx:

Illinois Medicaid:

Indiana

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Hoosier Rx:

Indiana Family & Social Services:

Iowa

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Department of Human Services of Iowa:

Kansas

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK):

Kansas Medicaid:

Kentucky

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Health & Family Services:

Louisiana

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Louisiana Medicaid:

Maine

Maine State Health Insurance Assistance Program:

Low Cost Drugs for the Elderly & Disabled (DEL):

Legal Services for the Elderly:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-262-2232

Maine Department of Health and Human Services:

Maryland

Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Kidney Disease Program of Maryland:

Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP):

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:

Massachusetts

Serving Health Information Needs of Elders (SHINE):

Prescription Advantage:

Office of Health and Human Services of Massachusetts:

Michigan

Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP):

Michigan Department Community Health:

Minnesota

Minnesota State Health Insurance Assistance Program/Senior LinkAge Line:

Department of Human Services of Minnesota:

Mississippi

MS Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (MICAP):

Mississippi Division of Medicaid:

Missouri

CLAIM, Missouri's state health insurance assistance program:

Missouri Rx Plan:

Missouri Division of Medical Services:

Montana

Montana Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Big Sky Rx Program:

Mental Health Services Plan:

  • Phone: 1-406-444-2596

Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services:

Nebraska

Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services System:

Nevada

State Health Insurance Advisory Program (SHIP):

Senior Rx Program:

Disability Rx Program:

Division of Health Care Financing & Policy (NV Medicaid):

New Hampshire

Health Insurance Counseling, Education and Assistance Services (HICEAS):

New Hampshire Office of Medicaid Business & Policy :

New Jersey

State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP):

Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PAAD):

Senior Gold:

Department of Human Services of New Jersey:

New Mexico

Benefits Counseling Program:

NM Human Services Department - Medical Assistance Division:

New York

Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP):

Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) Program:

New York State Department of Health Office of Medicaid Management:

North Carolina

Seniors' Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP):

Senior Care:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance:

North Dakota

Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIC):

Dept of Human Services of North Dakota - Medical Services:

Ohio

Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP):

Ohio Medicaid:

Oklahoma

Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP):

Oklahoma Medicaid:

Oregon

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA):

Oregon Department of Human Services:

Pennsylvania

APPRISE:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-783-7067
  • Website: APPRISE

Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract with the Elderly (PACE):

PACE Needs Enhancement Tier (PACENET):

Department of Public Welfare of Pennsylvania:

Rhode Island

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP):

Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE):

Rhode Island Medical Assistance Program:

South Carolina

Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders (I-CARE):

Gap Assistance Program for Seniors (GAPS):

South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

South Dakota

Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE):

Department of Social Services of South Dakota:

Tennesee

TN Commission on Aging and Disability:

Bureau of TennCare:

Texas

Health Information, Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP):

Kidney Health Care Program (KHC):

Mental Health Medication Program:

Health and Human Services Commission of Texas:

Utah

Health Insurance Information Program (HIIP):

Utah Department of Health:

Vermont

State Health Insurance and Assistance Program (SHIP):

V-Pharm:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-250-8427
  • Website: V-Pharm

Agency of Human Services of Vermont:

Virginia

Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Project (VICAP):

Department of Medical Assistance Services:

Washington

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) Helpline:

Washington State Insurance Pharmacy Assistance Program:

Department of Social and Health Services of Washington:

Washington DC

Health Insurance Counseling Project (HICP):

DC Healthy Family:

West Virginia

West Virginia State Health Insurance Assistance Program (WV SHIP):

West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources:

Wisconsin

Wisconsin SHIP:

Chronic Renal Disease:

Cystic Fibrosis Program:

Health Insurance Risk Sharing Plan:

Hemophilia Home Care:

Senior Care:

Wisconsin Medicaid:

Wyoming

Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program (WSHIIP):

Wyoming Department of Health:

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