Medicare's "Extra Help" Program

Medicare provides "Extra Help" to pay prescription drug costs for people who have limited income and resources. Resources include your savings and stocks, but not your home or car. If you qualify, you get help paying for any Medicare drug plan's monthly premium, yearly deductible, and prescription copayments or coinsurance. This "Extra Help" also counts toward your out-of-pocket costs.

People with limited income and resources may qualify for "Extra Help." Some people automatically qualify for "Extra Help" and don't need to apply. Medicare mails a letter to people who automatically qualify for "Extra Help."

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), 24 hours a day/7days a week (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048); or
  • The Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213 between 7am and 7pm, Monday through Friday (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778); or
  • Your State Medicaid Office.



Best available evidence

If you are eligible for Medicaid and you believe our information about your Medicaid eligibility is incorrect, you may be able to submit evidence of your current Medicaid status. Please call Cigna Medicare Rx at 1-855-391-2556 (TTY 711) or visit the CMS website to find out more.

Medicare and Social Security Online Info:

Interested in more information? You can find additional details about "Extra Help" by visiting the following links:

Medicare Online – Extra Help

Social Security Online – Extra Help