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In Times Like These, Every Cent Counts

June 20, 2015 • By

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Last Updated: August 19, 2021

Two men use a laptop computerIn the good old days…

If, as a child, you asked your grandparents for 50 cents to go to the store to buy ice cream, they might have taken you on a journey down memory lane before giving you the money for your treat. Apparently, in the “good old days,” 50 cents bought you a whole meal, a trip to the movies, and an outfit. When was the last time you bought something substantial for 50 cents without a discount coupon?

The world is different now, and everything costs more than it used to.
Every cent counts, and you can help your parents and grandparents who understand the value of the dollar, save about $4,000 each year in their prescription drug coverage. Extra Help with Medicare helps people with limited resources and income pay for costs like monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments that are related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. Many people aren’t aware of these important savings. Do your parents and grandparents know about the Extra Help? Let them know!
You must receive Medicare, meet the resource and income limits, and live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia to qualify for Extra Help.
You can apply for Extra Help online. It’s so easy! Just go to, or call Social Security to apply over the phone or to request an application. You can also apply in person at your local Social Security office.
Our parents and grandparents taught us so much, especially the value of savings. Let’s show them we learned the lesson. Help them apply today!

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  1. Son H.

    Can i still work while i am getting social security benefits? And if i can, how much is the maximum amount that i can earn? Thank you for your attention.

  2. rickhale

    I called ss office got recorded msg, need human 2 talk 2. on hold 15 minutes .system doesn’t give a wait time . gave up.

    • Vonda

      Hi Rick, thanks for using our blog. You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 for assistance or you can contact your local Social Security office. Please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator. The number may appear under Show Additional Office Information. Please be aware that our call wait times are longer than normal. We hope this information helps.

  3. Vamessa K.

    How do l get caregivers income for taking care of my disable husband because he can’t be alone at home and I can’t work.

    • Ray F.

      Hello Vanessa. Some individuals may be eligible to receive assistance from the state where they live. You can get information about services in your area from your state or local social services office. You can also visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web page for more information. We hope this information helps!

  4. Susan L.

    I need the local address and phone number of the social security office near me 85374

  5. Kim

    It took me 9 years of denials etc before I FINALLY got approved in November 2017, but only back to Jul 2015. I received $2,250 Feb 2nd, & have ro wait til August 2nd to get another $2,250. ALL the tens of thousands still owed, I get in Feb 2019! OVER 2 years to get in front of a judge, then another 18 months to get money????? Our system is BROKEN, and I mean broken! I have NO car and my house is uninhabitable! And they say I get to wait til Feb 2019 to get a car and move! It’s a joke!!!!

  6. Thea L.

    My check is different from what the letter I received says it was supposed to be.

    It said $1025.00 but I am only receiving $1,012.00.

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