Effective January 1, 2007, the state of
Nevada began providing assistance with the cost of prescription medicines to
qualified individuals with disabilities.
Assistance with prescription costs when
in the Medicare Part D coverage gap (donut hole).
Assistance towards monthly premiums with
participating Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan (if not qualified for
maximum Extra Help from Medicare with that expense).
who are eligible for Medicare Part D must enroll in Medicare Prescription Drug
Plan and use that program as the first source of help with prescriptions. In
addition, Part C beneficiaries who qualify for Extra Help with Part D costs
(such as premiums, deductibles and co-payments) must apply for and, if
approved, use that help. This is important because the Extra Help may cover
more of the beneficiary’s out-of-pocket costs than the Disability Rx Program.
Beneficiaries with very low incomes and limited assets should contact the Social Security Administration at
Age: Applicant and spouse (if spouse is also applying)
must be 18-61 years old at time of application collecting
long-term Social Security Disability and Medicare-eligible.
Income: Includes income from all sources for both
applicant and spouse. Effective
July 1, 2016, the maximum annual household income for singles is $28,119, and
the maximum annual household income for married couples is $37,483.
Residency: Applicants must have lived continuously in Nevada
for at least 12 consecutive months (one year) prior to the date of application.
For additional Disability Rx information, dial 775-687-0539 if calling from the Reno-Carson City-Gardnerville areas, or if outside this area call toll-free 1-866-303-6323 Option 7.
For unbiased FREE Medicare
Counseling or to sign up for a Medicare Part D plan please contact the
State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) by visiting their website at http://www.nevadaadrc.com/services-and-programs/medicare/state-health-insurance-assistance-program-ship or calling
them. Their Nevada Toll Free Hotlines are:
Southern Nevada: 800-307-4444
Northern Nevada: 877-385-2345
If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay the costs of
Medicare prescription drug coverage.
In 2016, you may qualify if you have up to
$17,820 in yearly income ($24,030 for a married couple) and up to $13,640 in
resources ($27,250 for a married couple).