What if I need help applying for extra help or joining a Medicare drug plan?
Some people can help, or act on your behalf, to enroll you in a Medicare drug plan and/or to apply for extra help
paying Medicare prescription drug coverage costs.
A legal or authorized representative is someone who, by state or Federal law, has the legal right (such as through a Power of Attorney or a court order) to act on your behalf.
(Sample Medical Power of Attorney Form
Your legal or authorized representative can help you, or on your behalf, do the following:
- Apply to see if you qualify for extra help paying Medicare prescription drug coverage costs
- Join a Medicare drug plan that meets your needs.
A personal representative can be any of the following:
- The person who acts on your behalf if you are incapacitated or can’t make decisions for yourself
- Anyone you choose to act as your representative (such as your spouse, your child, or a caregiver)
- Your "representative payee" (sometimes called a rep. payee). This is a person, agency, organization, or institution that Social Security selects to act on your behalf.