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-- Find a 2016 Part D Plans in Your State --
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Highlights of 2016 Plans by State
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Find a 2016 Plan by Drug Cost
Browse a 2016 Formulary (Drug List)
Latest Medicare News
Interactive 2017 PDP Landscape
2017 Medicare Part D Rx plans
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Rx plan changes 2016 to 2017
MA plan changes 2016 to 2017
Browse any 2016 Drug Formulary
Find 2016 Medicare plans by drug
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2017 Plan Info Reminder Service
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Drug-Finder: Compare Drug Cost Across all 2016 Medicare Plans
2016 Plan Overview by State
PDP and MAPD Overview by State
PDP Overview by CMS Region
Medicare Part D
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What is Medicare Part D?
2016 Medicare Part D Plan Information
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Enrollment Tips: Choosing a plan
How do Medicare Part D plans work?
Medicare plan quality and CMS Star Ratings
Which Drugs are Covered?
Which Drugs are Excluded?
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
Doughnut 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
Additional info. for family members, caregivers and third parties
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 2016/2017
Medicaid and Medicare Part D
Medicare Advantage Plans
2016 Medicare Advantage Plans State Overview
2016 Medicare Advantage Plan Benefit Details
Find a 2016 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.
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
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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2017 PDP-Finder: Medicare Part D (Drug Only) Plan Finder
PDP-Compare: 2016/2017 Medicare Part D plan changes
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MA-Compare: 2016/2017 Medicare Advantage plan changes
Drug Finder: 2016 Medicare Part D plan drug search
Formulary Browse: View any 2016 Medicare plan formulary
2016 Browse Drugs By Letter
PDP-Facts: 2017 Medicare Part D plan Facts & Figures
Guide to 2016/2017 LIS Mailings from CMS, Social Security and Plans
Q1Medicare FAQs: Most Read and Newest Questions & Answers
Q1Medicare Blog: Latest Medicare News
Medicare Part D Reminder Service: 2017