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Low Income Medicare Recipients Can Get Help with Prescription Costs

Southfield, Michigan (February 7, 2014) – Cost is the number one reason why older adults don’t fill prescribed medications, putting them at risk for a health crisis.  An estimated 15,000 Medicare Beneficiaries in southeastern Michigan are eligible to receive the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), available through Medicare Part D to help cover their prescription drug costs, but the subsidy is typically underutilized.  The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is hosting free Medicare Assistance Days (see dates and locations below) to help individuals determine their eligibility, answer questions and assist with enrollment.

“Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources have an excellent opportunity to receive subsidized prescription drug coverage through this benefit,” said Jennifer Therrien, Manager of the Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) for the AAA 1-B.  “Caregivers, neighbors, friends and family can play an important role in helping to reach these individuals who may not be aware of this important subsidy.”

If a beneficiary’s assets are no more than $26,860 for a couple or $13,440 for a single, not including primary residence and car, and their annual income is under $23,265* for a couple or $17,235* for a single, they may qualify for LIS.  (*2013 income guidelines effective through March 31, 2014.  2014 income guidelines have not been released to date.)

Counseling by Phone

To get assistance with LIS/Extra Help over the phone, beneficiaries can call the AAA 1-B’s MMAP program at 1-800-803-7174 from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In-Person Counseling at 2014 LIS Assistance Days

To get in-person assistance, beneficiaries can register to attend one of the LIS Assistance Days listed below. Trained counselors will be available to meet one on one with individuals to help determine LIS eligibility, answer questions, and assist with enrollment. Availability is limited and reservations are required for the LIS Assistance Day. To make a reservation, please call the AAA 1-B’s Medicare Medicaid Assistance Program at 1-800-803-7174. For more information about the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy Benefit, visit the Extra Help with Prescription Coverage page of this website.


Monday, March 17, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA)
Dewy Lab
1425 W. Grand River Ave, Howell, MI  48843

Friday, March 28, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
St. Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church
2201 S. Old US Highway 23, Brighton, MI  48114


Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Owen Jax Activity Center
8207 E. Nine Mile Rd, Warren, MI  48089


Tuesday, February 18, 2014
12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
14930 LaPlaisance, Suite 130, Monroe, MI 48161

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
10 am to 3 pm
Area Agency on Aging 1-B
14930 LaPlaisance, Suite 130, Monroe, MI 48161


Wednesday, March 5, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Madison Heights Senior Center
29448 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI  48071

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Madison Heights Senior Center
29448 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI  48071 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Farmington Public Library
32737 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI  48334

Thursday, May 8, 2014
11 am to 3 pm
Pontiac Library
60 East Pike St, Pontiac MI 48342

Friday, May 16, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Troy Community Center
3179 Livernois, Troy, MI  48083


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
9 am to 3 pm
Council on Aging, Inc., serving St. Clair County
600 Grand River Ave., Port Huron, MI 48060

Please call the Council on Aging to schedule an appointment at this location at (810) 984-5061.