April 17, 2014
Assisting eligible individuals with Medicare prescription benefits is a service the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) provides through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grant from the Ohio Department of Aging. This project provides outreach to and enrollment assistance for individuals who may be eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy and/or Medicare Savings Program.
Low Income Subsidy (LIS) or “Extra Help” is a discount plan that can: lower your prescription co-pays; cover all or part of your Medicare Part D monthly premiums; and eliminate the “doughnut hole” of coverage for your medications. Part D is Medicare’s prescription drug coverage and is available to anyone eligible for Medicare Part A or Part B. Those with Medicare may enroll in Part D coverage through either a stand-alone plan or a Medicare Advantage plan. To be eligible for “Extra Help,” income guidelines and qualifications must be met, and the AAA7 can help determine whether you might be able to benefit from this program, and if so, assist you with the application process.
Each year, our Agency conducts outreach to our communities in order to better identify who might be eligible for the “Extra Help” program as there are a large amount of individuals who are eligible, but currently not receiving the benefit. Just last year, in 2013, 87 people, who called our Agency to inquire about the program, learned they were eligible and all combined were able to save a total of $221,877.00, for an average savings of $2,550.00 per person.
Information provided to the AAA7 through the MIPPA grant shows that in Scioto County, there are 15,931 individuals eligible for “Extra Help.”
Are you one of the eligible individuals? If you would like to find out if you are eligible for “extra help” with your Medicare Part D coverage, call us - we can help! Contact our Agency Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm toll-free at 1-800-582-7277. We can complete the application over the phone, or make an appointment to discuss with you face-to-face. In addition, we can also assist you with any other Medicare questions you might have.
Or, if your community group or agency has an event coming up that you would like us to participate in to provide more information, please let us know – you can reach us at 1-800-582-7277 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your local Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.
Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs. The Agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more. Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at email@example.com. The Agency also has a Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/AreaAgencyOnAgingDistrict7.