Herkimer County

Applying for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription drug plan costs

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What is Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs?

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage.  Some people with limited resources and income also may be able to get Extra Help to pay for the costs-monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments related to a Medicare prescription drug plan.  The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year.  Many people qualify for these big savings and don't even know it.


To qualify for Extra Help:

  • Your resources must be limited to $13,640 for an individual or $27,250 for a married couple living together.

Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks, and bonds.  They do not count your home, car, or any life insurance policy

  • Your monthly income must be limited to $1,485 for an individual and 1, $2,003 for a married couple living together.  Even if your monthly income is higher, you still may be able to get some help.


How do I apply?

  • You can apply online at


  • Call Office for the Aging and you can get assistance with the application



For more information, please contact NY Connects or Office for the Aging at 867-1415 or visit our website at: http://www.herkimercounty.org/; then Departments, then NY Connects.

Social Security Administration Website
Application for Extra Help