Last week, this column discussed Medicare Savings Programs. These plans can help with Medicare Part B premiums, deductible and co-pays. This week’s topic is Extra Help — the plan to help with prescription drug plan premiums, deductibles and co-pays.

Anyone who has Medicare can get Medicare prescription drug coverage, known as Medicare Part D. Some people with limited income and resources also may be eligible for Extra Help to pay for the costs — monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. Many people qualify for these benefits and don’t even know it.

To qualify for Extra Help, you must reside in the United States or the District of Columbia. Your resources cannot be over $13,820 for an individual or $27,600 for a married couple. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks and bonds. Your home, car and other household and personal items are not included as resources. Your annual income must be limited to $18,090 for an individual or $24,360 for a married couple.

To apply for Extra Help, you can call Social Security at (800) 772-1213 and request an application or apply over the phone. You can also apply at the local Social Security office in Dodge City. The fastest way to apply is online at

After you apply, Social Security will review your application and send you a letter to let you know if you qualify for Extra Help. Once you qualify, you can choose a Medicare prescription drug plan. If you do not select a plan, one will be selected for you. The sooner you join a plan, the sooner you begin receiving benefits!

Scheduled activities

Thursday: TOPS, 9 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; Lunch & Learn, 11:30 a.m.; Ambassador Singers and Skip-Bo, 1 p.m.; Finney County Committee on Aging, 2:30 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; a nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is here from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; gentle exercises, 11 a.m.; bridge, 12:45 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.

Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.

Monday: Double pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; strength training, 4 p.m.; duplicate bridge, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Walking, 9 a.m. at Walmart; gentle exercise, 11 a.m.; pitch, 12:30 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m.

Feb. 21: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; EnhanceFitness, 2 p.m.; dance featuring “The Ortiz Band,” 7:30 p.m. (recommended donation is $5).

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Homemade beef stew, biscuit, cole slaw, red delicious apple, pudding.

Friday: Chicken vegetable stir fry over rice, egg roll, German blend vegetables, fruit.

Monday: Bacon cheeseburger on a bun, broccoli, cream of potato soup, orange.

Tuesday: Roast turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, Brussels sprouts, pudding.

Feb. 21: Homemade meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, Capri vegetables, fruit.

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