Extra Help With Prescription Coverage

Other Resources

If you would like to speak with someone directly about Extra Help, you can call our Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program at 1-800-803-7174.

What is Extra Help?

The Extra Help program can greatly reduce your prescription drug costs.  It’s available to people with limited income and resources and helps reduce monthly premiums and annual deductibles for Medicare Part D prescription plans.  Part D plans provide prescription coverage and enrolling in a plan makes prescriptions much more affordable—often reducing out-of-pocket expenses to a small co-pay for each prescription after a yearly deductible has been met.  The amount of the co-pay, monthly premium and annual deductible depends upon the specific plan you decide to enroll in, and there are many plans to choose from.

The Extra Help program will reduce the costs for your prescription coverage plan by:

  • Reducing your monthly premiums (some basic plans will be available at NO monthly cost)
  • Reducing any yearly deductibles
  • Eliminating the coverage gap or “doughnut hole”


How Do I Know if I Qualify?

You automatically qualify for Extra Help if you:

  • Have full Medicaid coverage
  • Your get help from the state to pay for your Medicare Part B premiums
  • You get SSI

If you automatically qualify, you’ll receive a purple letter to let you know.

If you have not received a letter, you still may be eligible if your income falls below a certain level ($17,235 a year if you’re single and $23,265 a year if you’re married). Cash assets are also taken into account. You can use our Extra Help Eligibility Calculator to help determine your eligibility. It only takes a few minutes and it you don’t have to give any personal information. It will also help determine if you are eligible for programs that will help you save on other Medicare-related expenses.


What  Are the Next Steps If I Am Eligible?
If you think you qualify, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s MMAP program can help you with the application.  For one-on-one assistance, call us at 800-803-7174.

Assistance Days to Help You Enroll

The AAA 1-B’s MMAP program is holding “Assistance Day” events throughout the spring to help Medicare participants determine if they are eligible and enroll in the program. To get in-person assistance, beneficiaries can register to attend one of the LIS Assistance Days listed below. Trained counselors will be available to meet one on one with individuals to help determine LIS eligibility, answer questions, and assist with enrollment. Availability is limited and reservations are required for the LIS Assistance Day. To make a reservation, please call the AAA 1-B’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program at 1-800-803-7174. 


Monday, March 17, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA)
Dewy Lab
1425 W. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI  48843

Friday, March 28, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church
2201 S. Old US Highway 23, Brighton, MI  48114


Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Owen Jax Activity Center
8207 E. Nine Mile Rd, Warren, MI  48089


Tuesday, February 18, 2014
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
14930 LaPlaisance, Suite 130, Monroe, MI 48161

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
14930 LaPlaisance, Suite 130, Monroe, MI 48161


Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Madison Heights Senior Center
29448 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI  48071

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Madison Heights Senior Center
29448 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI  48071 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Farmington Public Library
32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Thursday, May 8, 2014
11 am to 3 pm
Pontiac Library
60 East Pike St, Pontiac MI 48342

Friday, May 16, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois, Troy, MI  48083


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County
600 Grand River Ave., Port Huron, MI 48060

Please call the Council on Aging to schedule an appointment at this location at (810) 984-5061.