Extra Help is a Medicare program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare prescription drug program costs, like premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. Extra Help is also known as a Low-Income Subsidy (LIS).

To qualify for LIS, your income and resources must be equal to or lower than these limits:

Low-Income Subsidy Program 2020 Income and Resources Limits

Monthly Income Limits

Resource Limits*

Amount of
Premium Subsidy

Level 1
(Up to 135% of FPL)
Single: $1,435.50
Married: $1,939.50
Single: $7,860 to $13,110
Married: $13,110 to $26,160
100%
(less help with copays
& deductibles if
resources are
more than
$7,860 or $13,110)
Level 2
(136% to 140% of FPL)
Single: $1,488.67
Married: $2,011.33
Single: $12,890 or less
Married: $25,720 or less
75%
Level 3
(141% to 145% of FPL)
Single: $1,541
Married: $2,083.17
Single: $12,890 or less
Married: $25,720 or less
50%
Level 4
(146% to 150% of FPL)
Single: $1,595
Married: $2,155
Single: $12,890 or less
Married: $25,720 or less
25%
* The LIS program does not count money you set aside for burial expenses as part of your resources, which is $1,500 for individuals and $3,000 for couples.