Over the past couple months, we’ve taken a look at three hypothetical Medicare beneficiaries who qualify for the Extra Help program, also known as the low-income subsidy. Learn more about the different ways patients benefit from Extra Help.
- Katie is a hypothetical patient who has been living with end-stage renal disease and is now six months post-kidney transplant, which qualifies her for Medicare before the age of 65.
(Click here for Katie’s full profile.)
- Mateo is a hypothetical patient who has been managing multiple chronic conditions, including depression and cardiac comorbidities, specifically hypertension, hyperlipidemia, congestive heart failure (CHF) and atrial fibrillation.
(Click here for Mateo’s full profile.)
- Diane is a hypothetical patient who has been managing diabetes and hypertension.
(Click here for Diane’s full profile.)
The Extra Help program provides the assistance patients like Diane, Mateo and Katie need to access their medications. Changes to this benefit could result in limited choices or forced changes in prescribed treatment and put patients at unnecessary risk.
Learn more about the program here.
Nicole Longo Nicole is senior manager of public affairs at PhRMA. She previously worked for a D.C.-based public affairs firm where she assisted a wide range of clients with communications efforts on everything from trade policy to agriculture policy to health care policy. Outside the office, Nicole can be found trying new restaurants (usually Italian), taking an occasional barre class and cheering on the Cincinnati Bengals.