Help with medicare and prescription costs

old biker
By old biker Latest Reply 2012-06-11 22:24:10 -0500
Started 2012-06-11 16:26:46 -0500

Hi.. I hope this is old news for those on social security and depend on medicare for health care..If you don't know about the extra help program, this might be of interest…Extra help which is the name of the program provides help with the cost of your prescription drugs and helps pay the cost of your medicare premium.
It is said it can help keep an extra $4,000.00 a year in your pocket..All you need to qualify is earn less then 16,755 if single and if married and living with your spouse, combined income of less than 26,120.00 and already have a medicare plan in place.. You can own your own home, own personal vehicles and the list goes on..They do look at bank accounts,,stocks and bonds and there is a limit on that…
I applied last month for this and recieved a letter of acknowledgement and a follow up call from SS and was told that they would get back to me with their decision,,Never heard any more.
Can you imagine my shock and surprise when last week I went to pickup my insulin prescription which my out of pocket cost was 123.00 last time I filled it and was told..It's ready you owe $6.25..The only thing I could think of was I was approved for the program..
I recieved 2 letters today from United Health Care..First one telling me the MOST I will be charged for prescription is now 6.50. The second letter which I hope I'm reading right..Is telling me my monthly premium which was 120.oo monthly is now 13.60.
You can apply on line at the social security web site or pick up an application at your local SS office
Have a great and healthy day

10 replies

jayabee52 2012-06-11 17:03:51 -0500 Report

When my bride "Jem" was alive, she took a lot of medications and we went through the "extra help" provision of medicare. Unfortunately when we married our combined incomes put us over some kind of limit and that effectively put us out of the program.

Had we "lived in sin" she would have been OK. I hate it when gov't programs seem to penalize married couples for doing the right thing.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-11 17:20:28 -0500 Report

I agree Jay, that isn't right..Did you know? Like the proper name for a bunch of lions is a pride..The proper name for a bunch of baboons is called a congress..that kind of says it all

Caroltoo 2012-06-11 16:32:17 -0500 Report

Great news. Thanks for sharing.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-11 19:40:11 -0500 Report

I didn't want to say anything Carol because I hate you enough already for living in Hawaii ( just kidding) LOL I am so JEALOUS !!! I should be living on the beach out there..But there is a higher cut off amount on eligibility for those who live in Alaska or Hawaii

Caroltoo 2012-06-11 22:24:10 -0500 Report

It's really never to late to make a good choice and go where you want to be. My hubby was 67 when we moved here. It's harder, the older we get, but it's still possible to go where we want to be and do at least some of what we want to do. Dream big!!

Caroltoo 2012-06-11 20:28:48 -0500 Report

One of the few times that the law is really rational. That would reflect the difference in cost of living which is considerable.

Ah, don't hate me cause I made a good choice 21 years ago when I had the chance! The Harley clubs get together and ride circle-island. Almost every weekend, I pass 20-30 bikers out cruising along the ocean on the North Shore.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-11 21:00:15 -0500 Report

I know it's the cost of living and I sure don't fault you for making good choices 21 years ago..I wish I could say the same about myself :-)

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