I have Medicare and get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits or help from Medicaid paying Medicare Part B premiums (belong to a Medicare Savings Program)
If you have Medicare and get SSI or get help from Medicaid
paying your Medicare Part B premiums
(or were eligible for either in all or part of this year), you automatically qualify for extra help
paying Medicare prescription drug coverage costs. Medicare will send you a purple letter letting you know that you automatically qualify. Because you get SSI benefits or belong to a Medicare Savings Program, Medicare gives you extra help to pay your Medicare prescription drug coverage. You get it automatically when you join a Medicare drug plan. See pages 19–20 (Medicare Drug Plan Costs if You Automatically Qualify for Extra Help
) for more information about your costs. You should choose a plan that meets your prescription drug needs.
If you don’t want Medicare prescription drug coverage, and you don’t want Medicare to enroll you in a Medicare drug plan (for example, because you have other creditable prescription drug coverage
), call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and tell them you don’t want to join ("opt out"). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Caution:
If you call 1-800-MEDICARE and tell them you don’t want to join a Medicare drug plan, you could be left without prescription drug coverage. You can change your mind and join a Medicare drug plan at any time, but you may have to pay a late enrollment penalty
if you join later.