Letters Alert Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries to Missed Benefits
Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging/NY Connects Can Help Older Adults Enroll
Beginning this week, Medicare beneficiaries will receive a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they may be eligible for help with their out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. Cathy Mackay, Director of Department of the Aging/NY Connects, encourages beneficiaries who receive these letters to take action to learn more about the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) and Extra Help.
The letters are sent annually to people with Medicare with limited incomes who could be eligible for—but are not enrolled in—an MSP, which helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs, or Extra Help, which helps with the costs of prescription drugs.
“These letters are not a scam,” said Cathy Mackay, Director at Department of the Aging/NY Connects. “They are an important notification that Medicare beneficiaries should review and consider. We can help determine if they’re eligible, apply, enroll, and even understand how to use their new benefits once they’ve been approved.”
Anyone receiving a letter—or who believes they or a loved one may be able to get help from these programs—should contact the Department of the Aging/NY Connects at 716-373-8032 or 1-800-462-2901 for assistance.
In addition, Medicare beneficiaries can go online to see if they are eligible for MSPs, Extra Help and other benefits that can supplement their monthly budget. The National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp® is a free, confidential screening tool that can connect older and younger adults with disabilities to these programs. Learn more at BenefitsCheckUp.org.