This is a special Medicare program designed to assist people with low income and limited resources, with the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. You may be eligible for Extra Help if your monthly income is below a certain level. This amount in 2017 is $17,820 annually for individuals or for couples, below $24,030 annually and up to $13,640 in resources for individuals and $27,250 for couples. Resources can include stocks, bonds, or money in a checking or savings account. If you don’t qualify for Extra Help, you could still get help with these costs from state programs. You are able to reapply for Extra Help at any time if your income or resources situations change.
Bonnie was single and earned $1,300 a month, so she was eligible for Extra Help.