The following resources can be accessed or printed from this page.
- FREE Part D Prescription Drug Plan Comparison
- Help Paying for Medicare Part B–QMB/SLMB Program
- Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan–Extra Help Program
- Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP)
- Medigap/Medicare Supplement Plans
- Additional Medicare Information
Medicare Savings Programs
Help Paying for Medicare Part B Premiums
The State of Maryland offers two programs to hep eligible residents pay their Medicare Part B premiums based on your income and assets.
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program will pay the full amount of monthly Medicare premiums and your Medicare co-pays and deductibles if you meet monthly/annual income and assets eligibility limits.
- If you are Single: $1,094 monthly/$13,128 annual income with $9,470 in assets.
- If you are part of a Couple: $1,472 monthly/$17,664 annual income and $14,960 in assets.
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)
The Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) program will pay only your monthly Medicare Part B premium based on the following eligibility requirements.
- If you are Single: $1,630 monthly/$15,696 annual income with $9,470 in assets.
- If you are part of a Couple: $1,762 monthly/$21,144 annual income and $14,960 in assets.
Application (PDF): QMB/SLMB application
Medicare Part D Drug Assistance Programs
Extra Help (Low Income Subsidy–LIS) and the Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Programs (SPDAP) help pay for Medicare prescription drug costs. Or request a FREE Prescription Drug Plan Cost comparison.
Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs
The Extra Help Program, also know as Low Income Subsidy (LIS) is a federal program that assists people with limited resources and
income to pay for the costs related to a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan. Some of these costs include monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments.
To qualify for the Extra Help, a person must be receiving Medicare, have limited resources and income, and reside in one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia. Call to see if you qualify.
Application link: LIS application (scroll to the bottom of the page for the Apply Now button).
Forms are available by mail from the SHIP office at 301-255-4250 or from the Social Security Office at 1-800-772-1213.
Mail the completed application to:
Social Security Administration
Wilkes-Barre Data Operations Center
PO Box 1020
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18767-9910
Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP)
The State of Maryland helps moderate-income residents pay up to $40.00 per month for their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan premium, as long as they meet the following requirements:
- Show residency in Maryland for at least six months
- Be a Medicare recipient
- Have an income at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Application (PDF): Maryland SPDAP application
Mail the completed application to:
Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program – SPDAP
c/o International Software Systems, Inc.
PO Box 749
Greenbelt, MD 20768-0749
Medigap/Medicare Supplement Policies
Standardized policies issued in the state of Maryland that fill coverage gaps in the original Medicare Program (Part A & B).
The Maryland Insurance Administration publishes the Medicare-Supplement-Rate-Guide every six months in January and July.
FREE Part D Prescription Drug Plan Comparison
Montgomery County SHIP offers FREE Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan comparison to Montgomery County, Maryland residents. Our certified Counselors review your current Part D plan, the medications you are currently taking and identify other Part D plans (if any) whose total annual premium and yearly medications’ cost is less than your current plan.
Use Our Secure Online 2022 SHIP RX Comparison Request!
Montgomery County SHIP recommends using our HIPPA-compliant secure online 2022 Medicare Part D Plan Comparison form to submit your request for a plan analysis.
Avoid mail delays, get faster results, and ensure the security of the information you provide by using Montgomery County SHIP’s online 2022 Medicare Part D Plan Comparison request form. You will be directed to the online form on a secure page when you click the button below.
If you are unable to submit your using our secure online form, download and complete the 2022 SHIP RX Comparison Request.
Mail Your Part D Drug Plan Comparison Request To:
Montgomery County SHIP
12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Do You Need Prescription Drug Coverage BEFORE December 31, 2021?
If you need prescription drug coverage before January 1, 2022, Montgomery County SHIP can do a drug plan comparison for 2021 Drug Plans during Open Enrollment. Please download and complete this 2021 SHIP RX Worksheet.