Learn about the Extra Help financial assistance program

Medicare beneficiaries who have limited resources and income may be able to get Extra Help, a government financial assistance program that helps pay for Medicare Part D costs. If you qualify for Extra Help, you will receive either a full or partial subsidy, depending on your income and assets. Many beneficiaries qualify for some level of Extra Help, even if they exceed income limits.

The Extra Help program can help you pay for:

  • Your monthly Medicare Part D plan premium
  • Copays
  • Coinsurance amounts

The table below shows you what your monthly premium for a MedicareBlue Rx Standard or Premier plan would cost based on the four standard levels of assistance available.

2020 Low-income subsidies
Your level of Extra Help Monthly Premium for
MedicareBlue Rx Standard*
Monthly Premium for
MedicareBlue Rx Premier*

100%

$6.60

$54.20

75%

$15.50

$63.10

50%

$24.30

$71.90

25%

$33.20

$80.80

2019 Low-income subsidies
Your level of Extra Help Monthly Premium for
MedicareBlue Rx Standard*
Monthly Premium for
MedicareBlue Rx Premier*

100%

$2.10

$53.90

75%

$11.10

$62.90

50%

$20.00

$71.80

25%

$29.00

$80.80

*This does not include any Medicare Part B premium you may have to pay.

Find out if you qualify

The Social Security Administration has an online application you can complete to find out if you qualify for the Extra Help program. You can also call the Social Security Administration or Medicare to find out if you qualify.

There may be more financial assistance available from programs in your state. Contact your state’s Medicaid office to learn more.

If you have Extra Help and you're not sure if you're paying the right amount for your prescriptions, call customer service. We may ask you to give information to help us check the level of Extra Help you should get.