Medicare's “Extra Help” with Prescription Plan Drug Costs

QUESTIONS?

  1. Are you struggling to pay for your prescription drugs?
  2. Do you have Medicare part A or B or both?
  3. Do you live within the 50 US states or the District of Columbia?
  4. Is your gross income too high for Nevada State’s Medicaid program?
If your answers are yes, you may qualify for Medicare’s “Extra Help” Program.

WHAT IS THIS “EXTRA HELP” PROGRAM?

This Federal Medicare program assists individuals and couples of lower income and moderate resources with their Medicare Part D prescription drug costs. It is a part of the 2008 Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act - (MIPPA).

WHAT KIND OF HELP?

  • Help with monthly premiums, deductibles and co-pays.
  • There is no “donut hole” or “gap”. Drug costs could drop to $2.50 for generics and $6.30 for brands.
  • Enrollment is open at anytime and there are no late enrollment penalties.
  • Maximum income levels for 2012 are $16,755 (single) and $22,695 (couple) and the resource levels are
  • $13,070 (single) and $26,120 (couple).
FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO:
Online at BenefitsCheckUp.org or Medicare.gov and look for the “Extra Help” section.
MIPPA Volunteers, one-one assistance: 702-486-4581
Aging and Disability Services Division:
702-486-9794
or Email:

MEDICARE SAVINGS PROGRAM - (MSP)

WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM?

  1. This Medicare Federal-State program’s assistance is determined by the level of income and resources.
  2. The applicant must qualify for Medicare Part A.
  3. The lowest to highest income levels receive the following assistance:

QUALIFIED MEDICARE BENEFICIARY - (QMB)

  • Pays Medicare Part A premium, Part B premium, any deductible and co-pays.

SPECIFIED LOW-INCOME SUBSIDY BENEFICIARY - (SLMB)

  • Pays Medicare Part B premium only.

QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL - (QI)

  • Pays Medicare Part B premium only.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PROGRAM CALL:
Aging and Disability Resource Center - (ADRC): 702-333-1038
RRFamily Resource Center:
702-369-9177
Aging and Disability Services Division - (ADSD): 702-486-4581

CHRONIC DISEASE SELF-MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (CDSMP) / Workshops

QUESTIONS?
Learn to better manage these problems and others to experience a happier, healthier life.
  1. Do you live with a chronic disease?
  2. Do you experience frustration, fatigue, pain, depression, denial or isolation?
  3. Do you miss work occasionally, or often, due to your disease?
  4. Are you a caregiver who would like to better understand the issues?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, the “Chronic Disease Self-Management” Workshop might just be for you!
WHAT IS THIS WORKSHOP?
It is FREE!
CDSMP is an evidence based program developed by Stanford University. Participants meet for 2 ½ hours once a week for six weeks at various facilities around the valley. Workshops are also offered in Spanish. Two, trained individuals, facilitate the meetings. Participants share concerns and successes and work together with the facilitators to learn more about how to improve their situation.
FOR ENROLLMENT INFORMATION CALL:
St. Rose Hospital:702-616-4900
Aging and Disability Services Division:702-486-4581
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM for “EXTRA HELP” & CDSMP:

PROGRAM MISSION:

Volunteers work to share their program information with members of the community, from individuals and families to groups and agencies and to the corporate and medical fields. The ultimate goal is to encourage and assist those in need to take advantage of the help available for prescription drug costs and chronic diseases.

QUESTIONS?

  1. Do you have regular extra time available for offering assistance to others?
  2. Are you interested in these programs?
  3. Can you offer patience, compassion, dependability and maintain confidentiality?
  4. Are you able to follow directions and limit your discussions with clients to only what you have learned?
  5. Still interested? Then review these options.

REQUIREMENTS FOR VOLUNTEERING:

  1. Complete an application
  2. Sign the State required paperwork
  3. Attend basic training
  4. Attend additional trainings for designated activities
  5. Attend monthly two hour volunteer meetings/trainings
  6. Complete the month-end report
  7. Maintain regular communication with the coordinator

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OUTREACH ACTIVITIES:

  • Become a certified “Extra Help” application counselor
  • Maintain regular sites assisting with “Extra Help” applications
  • Find sites to host the CDSMP workshops
  • Encourage agencies to embed the CDSMP Program
  • Give presentations in a variety of settings
  • Meet with directors and staff of organizations
  • Attend health fairs, distribute literature and answer questions
  • Distribute literature at strategic places around our cities
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEERING CALL:
Aging and Disability Services Division,
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Coordinator and
“Extra Help” Programs Facilitator at:
702-486-4581

MEDICARE’S “EXTRA HELP” WITH PRESCRIPTION PLAN DRUG COSTS:

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NWD Coordinator

Jamie Ahumada
3416 Goni Road
Carson City, NV 89706

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