If you do not have Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or a Medicare Savings Program (MSP), you can apply for the Extra Help program through the Social Security Administration (SSA) using either the agency’s print or online application. (If you have Medicaid, SSI, or an MSP, you should be automatically enrolled in Extra Help.) To apply online, visit www.ssa.gov. Depending on processes in your state, this application can also serve to screen you for a Medicare Savings Program, which helps pay your Medicare costs. Be sure to complete the entire application and provide accurate information so you get all the benefits for which you qualify.

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Remember, Extra Help reduces your prescription drug costs only for drugs covered by your Part D plan. If you do not have a Part D plan but are eligible for Extra Help, you can use the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to enroll in Part D drug coverage.

If your application for Extra Help is denied or you disagree with the award (for instance, you think that you should receive full Extra Help but you were only awarded partial Extra Help), you can appeal to SSA. Your will have the opportunity to submit information about why you qualify when you appeal.