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Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
Health & Fitness

‘Extra Help’ Medicare form is available online


Q: How do I obtain a copy of the form Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs?

Answer: If you wish to apply for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs, the best way is to use our online application at You’ll find it is convenient and easy to apply for Extra Help. Keep in mind that this application does not enroll you in a Medicare prescription drug plan; you’ll need to enroll directly with an approved Medicare prescription drug provider for coverage, which you can learn more about at or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY 1-877-486-2048). If you are already enrolled, visit “ to learn whether you’re eligible for Extra Help — and to complete and submit the application.

Q: Are Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments only paid to people with disabilities?

Answer: No. SSI payments also are made to people who are blind or who are 65 or older — as long as they meet all of the qualifications, including having low income and limited resources. SSI benefits are available for both adults and children who are blind or disabled. You can learn more about SSI benefits and who can receive them by reading our online publications. To begin, refer to the online booklet, Supplemental Security Income, available to read or listen to in our online library at

This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at 800-772-1213. For more information, visit