Extra help paying for prescriptions

Get help paying your Medicare prescription drug costs

If you need help paying your prescription drug costs, Medicare Extra Help may be for you. The Medicare Extra Help program is for people with limited income and resources. If you qualify, you'll:

  • Get help paying your Medicare drug plan’s monthly premium and copayments

  • Have no coverage gap

  • Have no late enrollment penalty

People with Extra Help can change plans once every three months in the first nine months of the year.


Who qualifies for Extra Help?

This program is for people who have:

  • Up to $19,312 in yearly income (Up to $26,130 for a married couple), and

  • Up to $13,290 in resources (Up to $26,520 for a married couple) 

Note: These amounts are for 2021 and could change in 2022. If your income and resources are slightly higher, you should still apply.

If you get full Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you automatically qualify for Extra Help.


How to apply for Extra Help


Apply online

You can also call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778), Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 7 PM.