MEDICARE DRUG ASSISTANCE MUST BE RE-APPLIED FOR EVERY YEAR!

QUESTION:
I AM ELIGIBLE FOR EXTRA HELP TO PAY FOR MY MEDICARE PART D EXPENSES. EVERY YEAR THEY SEND ME A FORM THAT I HAVE TO FILL OUT IN ORDER TO CONTINUE MY BENEFIT. WHY IS THIS NECESSARY? MY INCOME DOES NOT CHANGE.

ANSWER:

THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO VERIFY ANNUALLY THAT BENEFICIARIES WHO ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING THE LOW-INCOME SUBSIDY ARE STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THAT SUBSIDY. THIS IS CALLED THE REDETERMINATION PROCESS. IF YOU HAVE APPLIED FOR AND HAVE BEEN QUALIFIED FOR MEDICARE DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS, FEDERAL OR STATE, YOU MUST RE-APPLY EVERY YEAR. THEY WILL SEND YOU A FORM ONCE A YEAR THAT MUST BE RETURNED, OR YOU WILL BE WITHOUT YOUR ASSISTANCE THE FOLLOWING YEAR BEGINING APRIL 1.

WE HAVE BEEN GETTING CALLS FROM MANY PEOPLE WHO DID NOT REPLY TO THE LETTER AND THEY DID NOT SEND BACK THEIR FORMS TO SOCIAL SECURITY AND NOW THEY HAVE LOST THE HELP THEY HAD TO PAY FOR THEIR MEDICATIONS.

IF YOU HAVE INCOME BELOW:

SINGLE – 15,600

MARRIED – 21,000

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR “EXTRA HELP” TO PAY FOR YOUR MEDICATIONS.

Please write to me, Karyn Blake, here at My Part D USA’s blog at kblake@MyPartDusa.org. Or you can email this article to a friend.

Published by mypartdusa on March 31, 2008 in Drug Savings Tips.

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