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Medicare : Extra Help

Extra Help, also called Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), is a Medicare program to help people with limited income and resources pay for their Medicare prescription drugs, premiums, deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance.* Many people are eligible for these savings and don't even know it.


To See if You Qualify, Call:

  • 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.
  • Your State Medicaid office.

See Extra Help (LIS) premium and cost sharing amounts.

Learn how to submit your proof of eligibility for Extra Help: Englishpdf Spanishpdf  Chinesepdf.

View valid evidence of low income eligibilitypdf (Best Available Evidence).

Get more information on Best Available Evidence from Medicare.


*People with limited incomes may qualify for Extra Help to pay for their prescription drug costs.  If you qualify, Medicare could pay up to seventy-five (75) percent or more of your drug costs including monthly prescription drug premiums, annual deductibles and coinsurance. Additionally, those who qualify will not have a coverage gap or late enrollment penalty. 

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Last modified: 12/02/2013

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