Fact Sheet

Protecting Beneficiaries Who Receive Extra Help

PhRMA September 22, 2015

"Increasing out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries with limited incomes is a misguided policy proposal."

The Extra Help Program—also known as Low-Income Subsidies (LIS)—is designed to help Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes better afford needed medicines. The program helps about 11.5 million low-income Part D beneficiaries by waiving or lowering their premiums and deductible, and reducing their cost-sharing for individual prescriptions.

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