Key Takeaways

  • If Native American, Native Alaskan, and Hawaiian beneficiaries are have trouble paying for health care and prescriptions, they may be able to get help from several benefits programs.

  • Resources often count differently for benefits administered to Native American, Native Alaskan, and Hawaiian beneficiaries.

  • These benefits outreach templates are available for counselors to use to directly target outreach to Native Americans, Native Alaskan, and Hawaiian beneficiaries.

Low-income Native Americans can get help paying for their Medicare and prescription drug costs through the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) and the Medicare Savings Programs. Our fact sheets, available for download below, specifically mention some of the assets held by Native Americans that do not count toward income and resource eligibility.

These two subsidies are promoted under the work of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA), which funds outreach to low-income Medicare beneficiaries through State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), and Title VI funding to Tribes.

These resources have also been made available in Word format so that local counselors can tailor the contact information on the back of the sheet to refer Medicare beneficiaries to their local office for Medicare assistance.

All program information is up to date for 2022.

Because each state sets its own income and asset eligibility criteria for Medicare Savings Programs, use this chart to find these criteria and fill in the table for your state.

Separate fact sheets targeted at Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians also appear below. 

Fact sheet  Format
Native Americans (any state, customizable) Word template
Alaska Natives  (with AK SHIP Info)  Word

Hawaiian Natives (with HI SHIP info)