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What is the "Extra Help" resource limit?
To get the extra help in 2017, your total resources must be limited to $12,320 for an individual ($24,600 for a married couple living together).
Resources include the value of the things you own. Some examples are:
Real estate (
other than your primary residence
Bank accounts, including checking, savings and certificates of deposit;
Bonds, including U.S. Savings Bonds;
Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs); or
Cash at home or anywhere else.
What is the income limit for extra help?
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What is the resource limit?
What does not count as a resource?
Income and Resources (Assets) Worksheet
2016-2017 CMS Guide to LIS Mailings
2017 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts (includes 2017 - 2006 for comparison)
What will Plans be like in 2017
2016 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL): 2016-2017 LIS Qualifications and Benefits
(Source: Social Security Administration: Understanding The Extra Help With Your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan publication 10508, SSA Publication No. 05-10115, January 2011. Additional examples and links from Q1Group LLC)
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