When it comes to Medicare there are two main forms of aid—Medicaid and Low Income Subsidy (LIS). Both programs are income-based programs run by the state but each assists a Medicare Beneficiary in different ways. Medicaid helps an individual with Medical costs (doctors, hospitals, outpatient procedures, etc.) whereas Low Income Subsidy (also called, “Extra Help”) is specifically designed to help an individual with prescription drug copays and coinsurance on his/her Part D plan.
It is recommended that potential Medicare beneficiaries start the process of enrollment three months prior to their 65th birth month. For example, if an individual turns 65 on July 4, he or she will most likely become Medicare eligible on July 1; therefore, he or she should contact Social Security after April 1. You can contact Social Security via telephone, the internet, or in person to check the status of your Medicare enrollment.