Nina Keller: AAA7 can help people with Medicare drug plan discounts – The Tribune

Do you know if you qualify for the Medicare prescription drug plan discount?

There are many people in our district who do not know they are eligible to receive this wonderful help.

A simple phone call to our agency can help determine if you meet the eligibility requirements.

The District 7 Regional Agency on Aging (AAA7) is able to provide this service through the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) grant from the Ohio Department of Aging.

This project provides outreach and enrollment assistance for individuals who may be eligible for Low Income Subsidy (“Extra Assistance”) and/or the Medicare Savings Program, as well as other Medicare premium assistance programs.

Low Income Subsidy (LIS) or “Additional Assistance” is a reduction plan that can reduce your statute of limitations; cover all or part of your monthly Medicare Part D premiums; or eliminate the “doughnut hole” from your medication coverage.

Part D is Medicare prescription drug coverage and is available to anyone who qualifies for Medicare Part A or Part B.

People with Medicare can purchase Part D coverage through a standalone plan or a Medicare Advantage plan.

To be eligible for “Additional Assistance”, income criteria and qualifications must be met, and AAA7 can help you determine if you would qualify for this program and, if so, assist you with the application process. .

Each year, our agency carries out awareness actions with our communities in order to better identify those who could be eligible for the “Extra Help” and Medicare Savings programs.

Last year, in 2021, eligible individuals who contacted us or who were found eligible after enrolling in one of our Medicaid waiver programs, qualified for the Medicare Savings Program, the “Additional Help” program or, in some cases, qualified for both programs.

Additionally, people who called to have their Medicare drug comparisons checked during the “open enrollment” period, which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year, were also able to save money simply by changing Medicare Part D providers.

In total, through special programs or drug plan comparisons, our agency was able to save everyone we worked with during the year a combined total of $4,537,158 in 2021! That’s almost double the savings in 2020!

These savings have had a huge impact on people’s lives.

Everyone we were able to contact in all of our communities during the year also benefited from other means, including enrollment in Medicare Part D, help finding supplemental Medicare insurance , the provision of other services made available by our agency and referrals. to other community organizations that may be able to help you.

AAA7 covers Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton counties.

If you’d like to know if you qualify for “extra help” with your Medicare Part D coverage, give us a call – we can help!

If you are single and your gross monthly income is less than $1,698.75, or if you are married and your combined gross monthly income is less than $2,288.75, you may be eligible for assistance.

Contact Kristy Bowman at our agency, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 ext. 250 or [email protected] to learn more.

We can complete the application over the phone in just a few minutes.

Additionally, we can also help you with any other Medicare questions you may have.

Nina R. Keller is executive director of the District 7 Regional Agency on Aging.

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