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People who need help with Medicare costs
Medicare Savings Programs help people who have low income pay the cost of their Medicare coverage.
What do the Medicare Savings Programs cover?
Depending on what you qualify for, it may pay your:
How do I apply for Medicare Savings Programs?
Complete the Minnesota Health Care Programs application (PDF) and turn it in to your county human services office.
Can I get Medical Assistance and a Medicare Savings Program at the same time?
Yes, in many cases. The county will review your application to see if you qualify for both Medical Assistance and Medicare Savings Programs.
What is the income limit?
The income limit and whose income is counted depend on who lives with you.
Yes, usually the home you live in and a car are not counted toward the asset limit.
Can I qualify if I have savings, a retirement account or other assets?
Yes, but there is an asset limit.
What will it cost?
There is no cost for Medicare Savings Programs. However, there may be costs such as copays related to Medicare and Medical Assistance.
When will it start?
Medicare Savings Programs usually start the month your application was received. Some people may get Part B premiums paid going back three months from the date your application is received.
When your Medicare Savings Program coverage starts, Social Security will stop taking Medicare premiums out of your monthly Social Security check.
What if I have other health insurance?
You may still get coverage. You must tell us if you have other health insurance in addition to Medicare.
You may be able to get help through Medical Assistance. See:
To apply for help with prescription drug costs through Medicare Part D:
Personalized assistance for prescription drug options is also available through Minnesotas RxConnect helpline at 800-333-2433 or www.MinnesotaHelp.info.
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