Many Medicare beneficiaries in San Benito County will soon receive a letter from the Social Security Administration letting them know about programs that help with out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses. The Social Security Administration sends these letters every year to Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes who might be eligible for—but are not enrolled in—a Medicare Savings Program (which helps with Medicare out-of-pocket costs) or Extra Help (which helps with the costs of prescription drugs).

Seniors need to know these letters are not a scam. These letters are an important notification that Medicare beneficiaries should review and consider. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) of San Benito and Santa Cruz  ounties can help individuals determine if they’re eligible and, if so, help them enroll in these critical cost-saving programs.

HICAP provides free, unbiased, one-on-one insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and can help older adults and people with disabilities find and apply for benefits. Medicare beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicare Savings Programs and Extra Help also may be eligible for other benefits to supplement their monthly budget.

HICAP of San Benito and Santa Cruz counties is a program within Senior Network Services, a nonprofit community-based organization. For more than 40 years, Senior Network Services has been linking individuals with disabilities and seniors to local services that promote independence and the highest quality of life.

For more information, call  HICAP of San Benito and Santa Cruz counties at 831-637-0630.