Help Someone Retain Part D Extra Help

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has released state by state information on numbers of individuals whose Part D low income subsidy (extra help) will end March 31 if they do not respond to SSA’s request for information concerning their continued eligibility.  Nationwide, 86,789 low-income Medicare beneficiaries subject to routine redeterminations had not responded to SSA by March 10.  An additional 2,845 new widows/widowers had also not responded to requests for information concerning their income and resources after their spouse’s death.

Each year, SSA conducts a review of eligibility of a portion of recipients of extra help by sending the individual notice of the information SSA has on file and asking the individual to confirm or deny the accuracy of the information.  Based on the responses, SSA finds that the person does or does not continue to be eligible and at which subsidy level.  Each year a portion of those contacted by SSA do not respond to the letter and several subsequent follow-up contacts by the agency.  When SSA receives no response by mid-February, it sends the individual a letter telling her or him that extra help will end March 31.  This year’s termination letters went out between February 23 and February 28, 2011.

If you or someone you know has such a letter, contact SSA immediately so that your subsidy will continue if you continue to be eligible.  If you miss the March 31 deadline, you may still be able to have on-going eligibility if you appeal the cut off within 60 days of receiving the letter, or even after 60 days, if you can show good cause as to why you missed the 60 deadline.  If none of these steps is taken, you can still reapply for extra help.  The effective date of the help will be the beginning of the month in which you told SSA that you wanted to apply or the date your application was filed, whichever is earlier.

The state by state listings of numbers of individuals who have not responded to redetermination letters are below:

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MMA Redetermination Terminations for Non-Response

For 2010 August MMA Redeterminations

State Initial Pre-Termination Counts Cyclical Pre-Termination Counts Total Pre-Terminations (By State)
Alabama 69 1757 1826
Alaska 2 124 126
Arizona 47 1099 1146
Arkansas 30 977 1007
California 214 5958 6172
Colorado 48 1087 1135
Connecticut 15 547 562
DC 1 123 124
Delaware 5 208 213
Florida 182 5368 5550
Georgia 121 3059 3180
Hawaii 8 479 487
Idaho 9 328 337
Illinois 106 4102 4208
Indiana 45 1797 1842
Iowa 19 669 688
Kansas 20 660 680
Kentucky 62 1686 1748
Louisiana 41 1788 1829
Maine 9 72 81
Maryland 51 1891 1942
Massachusetts 44 1117 1161
Michigan 73 2413 2486
Minnesota 20 594 614
Mississippi 32 1233 1265
Missouri 57 1764 1821
Montana 11 355 366
Nebraska 10 357 367
Nevada 38 705 743
New Hampshire 6 271 277
New Jersey 81 2722 2803
New Mexico 18 579 597
New York 147 6319 6466
North Carolina 120 3745 3865
North Dakota 3 216 219
Ohio 75 3014 3089
Oklahoma 46 807 853
Oregon 27 726 753
Pennsylvania 89 5668 5757
Rhode Island 7 268 275
South Carolina 82 2054 2136
South Dakota 8 176 184
Tennessee 62 1944 2006
Texas 294 7815 8109
Unknown 0 30 30
Utah 16 456 472
Vermont 3 48 51
Virginia 89 2393 2482
Washington 38 998 1036
West Virginia 35 644 679
Wisconsin 21 798 819
Wyoming 2 120 122
TOTALS 2,661 84,128 86,789
NOTE:  Application has not been returned as of 03/10/11.

Death of Spouse Pre-Termination Counts

For 2010 August MMA Redeterminations

State Count
AK 1
AL 87
AR 58
AZ 36
CA 150
CO 33
CT 8
DC 2
DE 9
FL 172
GA 118
HI 13
IA 18
ID 15
IL 116
IN 53
KS 28
KY 83
LA 66
MA 24
MD 36
MI 68
MN 25
MO 49
MS 70
MT 14
NC 177
ND 4
NE 8
NH 1
NJ 80
NM 28
NV 19
NY 97
OH 64
OK 63
OR 44
PA 98
RI 11
SC 114
SD 7
TN 110
TX 359
UT 13
VA 93
VT 1
WA 32
WI 16
WV 43
WY 11
TOTAL 2,845