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Prescription Drugs: Extra Financial Help

Extra Help, or Low Income Subsidy (LIS), is a government program that helps cover prescription drug costs for certain eligible Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes, including monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The amount of subsidy depends on your income compared to the Federal Poverty Level and resource limitations set by the Social Security Act.

To see if you qualify or for more information, contact:


  • 1-800-Medicare (800-633-4227) (TTY/TDD users call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week

Social Security:

Best Available Evidence

If you believe you qualify for Extra Help and are currently paying an incorrect amount for your prescription drugs, we can help. Please contact Member Services at the phone number listed on the back of your ID card. We’ll explain how to provide us with evidence that meets CMS’ Best Available Evidence (BAE) policy for Extra Help.

Learn more about CMS’ BAE policy at: