Bill Introduced to Expand Medicare Part D’s Extra Help (S. 691)

Bill Introduced to Expand Medicare Part D’s Extra Help (S. 691)

Senator Casey (D-PA) recently introduced a bill (S. 691) that would expand Medicare Part D’s Extra Help program. Called the Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in PartD) Act, this bill would eliminate the asset test completely and raise the income limit to provide full Extra Help benefits to people with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level ($24,980/year for an individual and $33,820 for a couple).

These changes would make the Part D Extra Help available to millions more Medicare beneficiaries. With half of all Medicare beneficiaries (close to 30 million) living on incomes below $26,200/year and nearly a quarter of all beneficiaries (15 million) living on incomes of less than $15,250/year, helping more beneficiaries benefit from the Extra Help program would ensure they have more needed income available to meet their basic living costs.

Please join us in supporting Medicare Extra Rx HELP (Higher Eligibility Limits in PartD) Act (S. 691).

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.