Social Security and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are working together to get you Extra Help with your prescription drug costs. If you have limited income and resources, you may be able to get help paying for your monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments under the Medicare prescription drug program that began January 1, 2006. To determine if you are eligible for this Extra Help, Social Security will need to know your income and the value of your savings, investments and real estate (other than your home). What is the income limit? To qualify for Extra Helpwith Medicare prescription drug plan costs, your annual must be limited to $16,245 for and individual ($21,855 for a marred couple living together). Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Some examples where your income may be higher include if you or your spouse: Support other family members who live with you; have earnings form work; or live in Alaska or Hawaii. What does not count as income? Not all cash payments count as income. For example they will not count; food stamps assistance; home energy assistance; Medical treatment and drugs; housing assistance; disaster assistance; earned income tax credit payments; victim’s compensations; and scholarships and education grants. What is the resource limit? To get the Extra Help, your total resources must be limited to $12,510 for an individual ($25,010 for a married couple living together). Resources include the value of the things you own. Some examples are: real estate (other than your primary residence); bank accounts, including checking, savings and certificates of deposit; stocks; bongs, including U.S. Savings Bonds; mutual funds; Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs); or cash at home or anywhere else.
If you have Medicare A&B then in Utah, you are eligible to buy a Medicare Supplement or Medicare Advantage Plan.