Fw: [acb-l] FW: [CDR-X] Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for ExtraHelp with Medicare Prescription Drug

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Friday, January 8, 2010 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904
press.office@ <mailto:press.office@...> ssa.gov


News Release

Chubby Checker and Social Security Commissioner Astrue Announce a New
"Twist" in the Law

Changes Make it Easier to Qualify for Extra Help with Medicare Prescription
Drug Plan Costs

Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, and Chubby Checker,
Grammy Award winner and rock and roll legend, today launched a new campaign
to inform millions of Americans about a new "twist" in the law that makes it
easier to qualify for extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs. The
extra help program currently provides assistance to more than nine million
senior and disabled Americans -- saving them an average of almost $4,000 a
year on their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. To apply for extra
help, there is an easy-to-use online application available at
www.socialsecurity. <http://www.socialsecurity.gov/> gov.

"The changes in the Medicare law that take effect this month will allow
hundreds of thousands of Americans who are struggling to pay their
prescription drug costs to get extra help during these tough economic
times," said Commissioner Astrue. "I am thrilled that Chubby Checker has
volunteered to help us spread this important message through a new
television, radio, and Internet spot as well as pamphlets and posters."

"Listen up, America! For 50 years, people of all ages and backgrounds have
danced the Twist," Chubby Checker said. "Now it's important everyone learn
about this new twist in the law. Check it out at www.socialsecurity.
<http://www.socialsecurity.gov/> gov."

To qualify for extra help, people must meet certain resource and income
limits. The new Medicare law eases those requirements in two ways. First,
it eliminates the cash value of life insurance from counting as a resource.
Second, it eliminates the assistance people receive from others to pay for
household expenses, such as food, rent, mortgage or utilities, from counting
as income. There also is another important "twist" in the law. The
application for extra help can now start the application process for
Medicare Savings Programs -- state programs that provide help with other
Medicare costs. These programs help pay Medicare Part B (medical insurance)
premiums. For some people, the Medicare Savings Programs also pay Medicare
Part A (hospital insurance) premiums, if any, and Part A and B deductibles
and co-payments.

To learn more about the extra help program and to view the new TV spot
featuring Chubby Checker, go to www.socialsecurity.
<http://www.socialsecurity.gov/extrahelp> gov/extrahelp.

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SSA Press Office 440 Altmeyer Building 6401 Security Blvd. Baltimore, MD
410-965-8904 FAX 410-966-9973

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