About the Medicare Savings Program

Louisiana helps eligible, low-income beneficiaries pay for Medicare with the Medicaid program.
Medicaid is a health care program that helps pay for medical services for people who meet specific requirements.

Medicaid Programs for Medicare Beneficiaries

You may be eligible depending on your income and assets (Effective as of April 1st of current year):

  • Do you have Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance? (Look at your Medicare card.)
  • Is your monthly income at or below $1,333 (single person) or $1,790 (married couple)?
  • Are your financial assets, such as bank accounts, below $7,160 (single person) or $10,750 (married couple)?

INCOME

ASSETS

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary

SINGLE

$993

$7,160

COUPLE

$1,331

$10,750

Specified Low Income Beneficiary

SINGLE

$1,187

$7,160

COUPLE

$1,593

$10,750

Qualified Individual

SINGLE

$1,333

$7,160

COUPLE

$1,790

$10,750

Assets are things you own, such as checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, cash value of life insurance, stocks and bonds.  Some things you own do not count toward your asset limit, such as your home and furnishings, your car, burial plots, and life insurance.

These limits are guidelines. The only way to know for sure if you are eligible is to apply.

Application Information

You may call your Medicaid, SHIIP or Louisiana Answers to apply for the Medicare Savings Program.  You will need to complete an application form and participate in an interview.  The interview can take place in person or over the telephone.  Within 45 days, you will receive a notice in the mail that tells you whether your application was approved.

Click here for Extra Help brochure

Click here for Medicaid Application

For more information about enrollment centers or Medicaid call:

  • Medicaid at 1-888-342-6207
  • SHIIP at 1-800-259-5300
  • Louisiana Answers at 1-877-340-9100

If your application is denied, you have the right to appeal within 30 days of the denial.

Prescription Drug Plan Options

  • Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  • SenioRx
  • Low Cost Drugs
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Free Medications Directory

View the 2014 Standard Part D Benefit

View the 2014 Stand-Alone Part D Drug Plans

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

People with Medicare can enroll in a Medicare prescription drug plan and receive extra help paying for the premiums, deductibles, gaps in coverage and co-pays.

Click here for the 2014 resource limits

Click here for a link to the Social Security Administration

Click here for the application

SenioRx

The Louisiana SenioRx Program is a program that connects qualified, low-income people with discount prescription drugs, direct from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Trained counselors are also available to provide Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage plan comparison and enrollment assistance.

SenioRx does not provide assistance for obtaining short-term medications to meet acute needs, including antibiotics.

Patients will be assisted with the public or private programs most likely to meet their needs. LouisianaAnswers.com helps low-income, uninsured patients:

  • Enroll in more than 150 company patient assistance programs
  • Access more than 1,200 medicines for free or at a low cost
  • Learn how to contact government programs for which they may qualify

Link to Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs - Aging and Disability Resource Center

VA Prescription Benefit

If you are an honorably discharged veteran, consider using your VA drug benefit.  Veterans can use the VA drug benefit by mail order for their monthly maintenance drugs and still use Medicare Part D for other prescriptions.  To apply, call 1-877-222-8387.

Low Cost Drugs

Several national pharmacies have announced they are drastically reducing the cost of generic prescription drugs. Target, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and several of your grocery store pharmacies offer low cost charge for generic drugs.

You will need to contact the drug store for participation and list of medications included in the program.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association Free Medications Directory

Many pharmaceutical companies have programs which provide free or low cost medications to those in need regardless of age.

Most of these programs require that you:

  • Do not have insurance that covers outpatient prescription drugs
  • Do not qualify for government assistance
  • Have income within their stated guidelines

The application process is different for each company. Usually a doctor must sign your completed application form and have his/her office submit it for you.


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