Extra Help

This is a special Medicare program designed to assist people with a low income and limited resources. It helps with medical costs, such as premiums, deductibles, co-insurance, and other prescription drug costs. You may be eligible for Extra Help if your monthly income is below $1,517.50, ($2,057.50 for couples), though you may still receive some assistance if your income is higher. There is also a cap on the amount of resources you can have to qualify, which includes stocks, bonds, and bank accounts, but not your car or house. In 2018, this is $14,100 for singles and $28,150 for married couples.

Quentin was single and earned $1,300 a month, so he was eligible for Extra Help.