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2019 Medicare & You Online Guide
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Medicare Part D
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What is Medicare Part D?
2019 Medicare Part D Plan Information
2020 Medicare Part D Plan Information
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Medicare plan quality and CMS Star Ratings
Which Drugs are Covered?
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Appeals & Grievances
Medicare.gov Plan Finder Tutorial
The Late Enrollment Penalty
After Enrollment into Part D
Understanding Your Explanation of Benefits
IRMAA: Higher premiums for higher incomes
Calculating Out-of-Pocket Costs
The Donut Hole and Beyond
Donut Hole Calculator
Medicaid, "Extra Help" and LIS
Financial "Extra Help" (LIS)
Low Income Subsidy (LIS) vs Extra Help
How to Correct Your LIS Status
Social Security Guide Extra Help
What is extra help?
What is the income limit?
What does not count toward income?
What is the resource limit?
What does not count toward your resources?
How do you apply?
What to know about the Extra Help application?
Income and Resources Worksheet
Tips for completing the extra help application
How to answer the question on life insurance?
How to answer question on household expenses?
How can state agencies help with Medicare costs?
Additional info. persons with disabilities
Additional info. for American Indians & Alaska Natives
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Additional info. for state & county legislators
How does SSA make a decision on your claim?
How to appeal the decision SSA made on your "Extra Help" application?
How can Social Security help you with the Medicare Rx drug plans?
How can you get help to make a decision about prescription drug plans?
Factors to consider when comparing Medicare drug plan choices
How do you join a Medicare prescription drug plan?
What should you do next?
CMS Guide to LIS Mailings 2018/2019
Medicaid and Medicare Part D
Medicare Advantage Plans
2019 Medicare Advantage Plans State Overview
2019 Medicare Advantage Plan Benefit Details
Find a 2019 Medicare Advantage Plan by Drug Costs
Medicare & You Handbook
Guide to Rx Coverage
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What does not count as income?
Not all cash payments count as income. For example, the Social Security Administration does not count the following items as income:
Food stamp assistance
Home energy assistance;
Medical treatment and drugs (also see
Medicaid "Spend Down"
Earned income tax credit payments;
Assistance from others to pay your household expenses;
Victim’s compensation payments; and
Scholarships and education grants.
2019 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines (FPL): 2019/2020 LIS Qualifications and Benefits LIS Qualifications and Benefits
2019 Low-Income Subsidy Benchmark Premium Amounts (includes 2019 - 2006 for comparison)
What is the income limit for extra help?
What does not count toward the income limit?
What is the resource limit?
What does not count as a resource?
Income and Resources (Assets) Worksheet
2018/2019 CMS Guide to LIS Mailings
What will plans be like in 2019
(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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PDP-Facts: 2019 Medicare Part D plan Facts & Figures
2019 PDP-Finder: Medicare Part D (Drug Only) Plan Finder
PDP-Compare: 2018/2019 Medicare Part D plan changes
2019 MA-Finder: Medicare Advantage Plan Finder
Drug Finder: 2019 Medicare Part D plan drug search
Formulary Browser: View any 2019 Medicare plan formulary
2019 Browse Drugs By Letter
Guide to 2018/2019 LIS Mailings from CMS, Social Security and Plans
Q1Medicare FAQs: Most Read and Newest Questions & Answers
Q1Medicare Blog: Latest Medicare News
2020 Medicare Part D Reminder Service