This publication has been created by East Texas Aging and Disability Resource Center under the leadership of Community Healthcore with financial assistance, in whole or in part, through funds from the Administration for Community Living.

How do I find out if I qualify for Extra Help?

Call the Area Agency on Aging of East Texas at 800-442-8845 or 903-984-8641.

What are MIPPA benefits?

  • Low Income Subsidy (LIS)The LIS program, also known as “Extra Help,” provides assistance to Medicare Part D beneficiaries in paying for their monthly prescription drug costs.
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSP)

    These benefits, available through the state Medicaid agency, help consumers with low incomes pay for their Medicare premiums.

Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008

Signed into law in July of 2008, the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) provides funding to help Medicare beneficiaries apply for two valuable benefits: Low Income Subsidy (LIS) “Extra Help” and Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). The goal of this funding is to help states increase outreach and awareness of these valuable benefits to consumers with low incomes. MIPPA encourages not only outreach, but person-centered assistance to help consumers not currently receiving these benefits apply for them.

In 2010, 37% of eligible Extra Help beneficiaries were still not enrolled in the benefit. Nevada’s Aging and Disability Services Division (ADSD), State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and Texas Care Connection (ADRC) have been working together to help find and enroll these individuals throughout the state.

Useful Resources

Medication can be expensive and no one should have to choose between paying for their medication and other necessary expenses such as food. The following links are offered to help you learn more about benefits that can help you with your medications.

Texas Health and Human Services

The Texas Department of State Health Services offers a list of patient assistance programs to serve as possible resources for citizens of Texas. Access to drug coverage has become an important concern. Drug costs continue to rise and represent a significant out-of-pocket expense for many older people.


Benefits Check Up is a free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs are available to help, but many people don’t know these programs exist, or how to apply. Benefits Check Up asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.


The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage to get the medicines they need for free, or nearly free. Their mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible.


Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) pays some of the costs for prescription drugs at participating pharmacies in your area. Since January 1, 2006, everyone with Medicare has been eligible for this coverage, regardless of income and resources, health status, or current prescription expenses. The Texas Department of Insurance program is voluntary and can be especially helpful for people who have high drug costs and no drug coverage.


At you can plans that cover drugs with a general search that only requires your zip code. A personalized plan search requires your zip code and complete Medicare information. This page is secured to protect your personal information. If you don’t want to enter your Medicare information, you may use the general search option.

In addition to these sites, you may qualify for discounts directly from your drug manufacturer. For direct assistance, ask your pharmacist is the drug company offers any help with prescription costs or you can contact the drug company directly.