Medicare coverage can be helpful for millions of Americans, but certain Medicare premiums and other out-of-pocket costs can make it hard for some people to afford Medicare.
If you can’t afford Medicare because of costs such as Medicare deductibles, copayments and other expenses, there are some options that may be able to help you save some money.
Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are federally funded programs that help people with limited income and resources pay for costs such as Medicare premiums, deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.
There are four types of Medicare Savings Programs.
The dollar amounts listed may increase in 2019. You should still apply if your income and financial resources are in the ranges listed or a bit higher.
Some Medicare Savings Programs may also provide help paying for Medicare Advantage (Part C) premiums.
A Medicare beneficiary who cannot afford to purchase a Part D plan (Medicare prescription drug coverage) may be eligible for Extra Help.
Extra Help reduces or eliminates the Part D plan premiums and deductibles. The program can also reduce the prescription drug costs that beneficiaries are required to pay.
The program is available for single people enrolled in Medicare making less than $1,538 per month in 2018, with financial resources not exceeding $14,100 per month.
These state-run programs help people with low incomes pay for prescription drugs. Eligibility is based on age, medical condition and financial status. Programs vary by state.
These programs provide nursing home services to elderly and disabled people in their own homes. PACE can also cover doctor appointments, home care, hospital visits, transportation and home care.
A number of Medicare beneficiaries are also eligible for Medicaid. When a person is “dual eligible,” Medicaid helps cover health care costs not picked up by Medicare. Medicare pays first, Medicaid second.
There are various programs that help people in U.S. territories with limited income and resources pay for Medicare. These territories include Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa.
Beneficiaries in these areas are encouraged to contact their local Medicaid office to learn more about available programs.
While the programs above can help you afford Medicare, there are two additional ways to help you potentially save money on some Medicare costs.
Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) offer all of the same benefits as Medicare Part A and Part B, and some Medicare Advantage plans may offer a number of benefits not found in Original Medicare. Many Medicare Advantage plans may even feature $0 premiums.1
As a different type of option, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans offer a way to save money by helping to cover some Medicare out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles and coinsurance.
These are just some of the ways you can save money on your Medicare costs. Learn about even more ways to save money on Medicare costs and obtain the health care coverage you deserve.
Some Medicare Advantage plans could help you save money on health care services that aren’t covered by Original Medicare. To compare plans in your area and to find out which ones may be easier for you to afford, speak with a licensed insurance agent by calling TTY Users: 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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