A Letter that is NOT a Scam

Written by Theresa Rose on May 30, 2017

In 2008 Congress passed the Medicare improvements for patients and providers act, known as MIPPA. MIPPA created funding to help recipients, especially those with limited income and resources, access benefits to make Medicare more affordable.  Extra Help—LOW Income Subsidy (LIS) is a program administered by the social security administration that helps Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resource pay for prescription drug coverage.  However , you must be enrolled in Medicare prescription Drug plan to get this extra help.  Eligible beneficiaries receive subsidized premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Income base is $1,471.25 a month for a single person and resources are $13,640.00/couples $1,991.25 and resources up to  $27,250.00. The following are not counted as resources: your home, vehicles, personal possessions, life insurance, burial plots, irrevocable burial contracts or back payments from social security or SSI.  Benefits paid by LIS IS NOT SUBJECT TO STATE RECOVERY.

Letters will be send out this week to let people who could qualify for this program. Many may believe this to be a scam letter and throw it away. Others will call question if this letter is real or not. The letter is not a scam.  For more information or help in understanding the letter please contact:

Lisa Bachman

Program Facilitator

MILESTONES Area Agency on Aging

623 Pennsylvania Avenue – Ottumwa, IA 52501

Direct Line:  641-684-1024

641-682-2270 ext 7424, Fax 641-682-2445

TOLL FREE 1-855-410-MAAA (6222)

www.milestonesaaa.org

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