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Help Paying for Health Care and Drugs


Medicare

Medicare is health insurance that helps pay for preventive care, doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs.

Who can apply?

  • People who are 65 and older, and
  • younger people with disabilities or kidney failure.

How do I apply?

You should call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 toll free and tell the operator where you live.

You can also find a local office online at www.medicare.gov.

Where can I get more information or assistance?

For information about the Medicare or Medicare prescription drug coverage, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or log on to www.medicare.gov.

For additional assistance, you can also call the Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program (WSHIIP), also known as  State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), toll-free at 1-800-856-4398 or log on to www.wyomingseniors.com/WSHIIP.htm.

Medicare Savings Programs

The Medicare Savings Program pays for some of the costs of Medicare, including the Part B premium, deductibles, and co-payments. How much you get depends on your income and assets.

Who can apply?

People who get Medicare and earn around $1,200 per month for one person, or $1,615 per month for a married couple.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the Medicare Savings Program at the local Department of Family Services (DFS) office, or by calling the DFS office.   For a complete list of local offices:

Medicare Rx Extra Help

The Medicare RX Extra Help program pays for the monthly fee and deductible for Medicare prescription drug coverage, and lowers prescription drug co-payments.

Who can apply?

People who get Medicare and have combined savings, investments and real estate (other than your home) are not worth more than:

  • $12,510 if you are single, or
  • $25,010 if you are married and living with your spouse and have a limited income.

How do I apply?

Call the Social Security Administration toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 and ask for the Medicare Rx Extra Help application.

Online: You can also log on to www.socialsecurity.gov and click on the Medicare section.

Where can I get more information or assistance?

For additional assistance, call the Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program

(WSHIIP) toll-free at 1-800-856-4398 or log on to www.wyomingseniors.com/WSHIIP.htm.

Wyoming Prescription Drug Assistance Program (PDAP)

For qualifying individuals, the program allows three prescriptions per month.  Prescriptions are limited to a month’s supply and the co-pay is $10 per prescription for a generic drug and $25 per prescription for a brand-name drug.

Who can apply?

Wyoming residents with limited resources and income:

  • Less than $903 per month for one person, or
  • Less than $1,215 for two people.

How can I apply?

You can apply for PDAP at the local Department of Family Services (DFS) office, or by calling the DFS office.  For a complete list of local DFS offices:

Medicaid

Medicaid provides medical coverage for qualified people for hospital care, health center and clinical services, doctor care, nurse care, lab and X-ray services and nursing homes.

Who can apply?

  • People who are 65 or older
  • blind or have disabilities
  • pregnant or a parent or caregiver of a dependent child(ren) under 19
  • AND have very low income and few resources

To qualify, you must meet Medicaid income and asset limits. Income limits vary, depending on the size of your family and where you live.  Income limits also vary based on the particular Medicaid program for which you qualify, so contact your state Medicaid office for more information.

How do I apply?

You can apply for Medicaid, also known as EqualityCare health insurance in Wyoming, at the local Department of Family Services (DFS) office, or by calling the DFS office.  For a complete list of local DFS offices:


More Wyoming programs at Benefits.gov…

Or contact your local Wyoming Department of Family Services