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Medicare Part D subsidy lowers copays and premiums for those who qualify

If you have limited income, you may qualify for a Medicare Part D subsidy known as Extra Help. If you qualify and enroll in one of our Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage, you may pay less for copays and premiums.

How does Extra Help affect what I pay for prescription drugs?

If you qualify for Extra Help, your costs for prescriptions drugs will be one of the following, depending on the amount of Extra Help for which you qualify.

For 2023 plans

  • $0 for generics and brands treated as generics; $0 for brand-name drugs.
  • $1.45 for generics and brands treated as generics; $4.30 for brand-name drugs.
  • $4.15 for generics and brands treated as generics; $10.35 for brand-name drugs.
  • 15 percent coinsurance or the plan option copay, whichever is less, for all drugs. At this level of Extra Help, if your plan includes an upfront prescription drug deductible, you must first pay the plan deductible. The maximum deductible you’ll pay in a year is $104. 

In addition, there is no coverage gap (donut hole) for people who qualify for Extra Help.

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Medicare prescription drug coverage options in a nutshell. (Video, 3:43)
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Can I get Extra Help with premium costs?

If you qualify for Extra Help, Medicare may pay some or all of your Part D premium. Extra Help is only for Part D prescription costs, not for medical benefits. You must continue to pay Part B premiums.

2023

Your level of Extra Help HAP Senior Plus (HMO)
HAP Senior Plus (HMO-POS)
Option 1 Option 2
100% $0 $66.30 $157.30
75% $0 $74.50 $165.50
50% $0 $82.70 $173.70
25% $0 $90.80 $181.80
Your level of Extra Help HAP Senior Plus
Henry Ford Tiered Access (HMO)
MSU Health Care
Medicare (HMO)
HAP Medicare Flex (PPO) HAP Senior Plus (PPO)
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4
100% $66.30 $0 $0 $0 $37.30 $132.30 $147.30
75% $74.50 $0 $0 $0 $45.50 $140.50 $155.50
50% $82.70 $0 $0 $0 $53.70 $148.70 $163.70
25% $90.80 $0 $0 $0 $61.80 $156.80 $171.80
Your level of Extra Help HAP Primary Choice Medicare (HMO) HAP Choice Medicare HMO
Option 1 Option 2
100% $0 $0 $12.30
75%
$0
$0 $20.50
50%
$0
$0 $28.70
25%
$0
$0 $36.80
Your level of Extra Help
HAP Medicare Complete Duals (HMO D-SNP)
100% $0
75%
$8.20
50%
$16.40
25%
$24.50
LIS copay level LIS drug copay generic LIS drug copay all other drugs
1 $4.15 $10.35
2 $1.45 $4.30
3 $0 $0
4 $0 deductible may apply, based on your prescription drug coverage; and 15 percent coinsurance or copay of the benefit, whichever is less. $0 deductible may apply, based on your prescription drug coverage; and 15 percent coinsurance or copay of the benefit, whichever is less.

You may receive (or may have received) a letter from Medicare or the Social Security Administration about your eligibility for Extra Help. Read this information carefully.

How do I qualify for Extra Help?

To see if you qualify for Extra Help, call:

  • Medicare: (800) 633-4227, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. TTY/TDD users should call (877) 486-2048.
  • Social Security Administration: (800) 772-1213 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Michigan Medicaid office.

How does HAP know the level of Extra Help I’m getting?

We use the most current information available to us. This is known as the “Best Available Evidence.” When our information or your level of Extra Help changes, we’ll make appropriate adjustments to your prescription drug expenses.

Learn more about Best Available Evidence.

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Health Alliance Plan (HAP) has HMO, HMO-POS, PPO plans with Medicare contracts. HAP Medicare Complete Duals (HMO D-SNP) is a Medicare health plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the Michigan Medicaid Program. Enrollment depends on contract renewals.