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Medicare Part D Extra Help (LIS)

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The Extra Help Program – or Low-Income Subsidy Program (LIS) – helps qualified Medicare beneficiaries pay for their Medicare Part D prescription drug program costs, such as premiums, deductibles, copays, and coinsurance. 

The Extra Help Program also provides these additional benefits:

  • Elimination of the Part D coverage gap (donut hole)
  • The opportunity to change your Prescription Drug Plan once in any calendar year quarter
  • Elimination of a Late Enrollment Penalty if, when you apply for Extra Help, you haven’t already signed up for a Part D plan

People who have both Medicaid and Medicare will automatically qualify for Extra Help. 

Medicaid may also cover certain drugs that Medicare does not.


To make an appointment with an enrollment specialist, call the Council on Aging of Buncombe County at (828) 277-8288.  While COVID-19 remains active at high levels in our community, we will be closed to the public for walk-ins, but may assist you over the phone. 

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