Medicare’s low-income support programs

Medicare’ offers four low-income assistance programs, which defray premiums and insurance expenses. It also manages the Extra Help program to help pay for prescription drugs. The Inflation Reduction Act expanded access to Extra Help by allowing higher-income people to qualify.

All programs have income and household resource eligibility limits. They are explained on the linked pages.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program provides free help from trained counselors to help explain how to enroll and use these programs.