GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - More than 236,000 Medicare recipients qualify for financial assistance programs but don't get help because they're not enrolled.

That’s according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Medicare Savings Programs can help low income individuals save thousands of dollars on prescription drugs costs and their Medicare Part B premium.

Low-Income Subsidy Programs can also off set rising healthcare costs for those who qualify.

Volunteer staff with the Minnesota Board on Aging’s Senior LinkAge Line can answer Medicare questions as well as questions on variety of aging related topics. The Senior LinkAge Line is staffed weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The number to call is (800) 333-2433.

You can also check on the following websites.

Medicare Savings Programs

Low income subsidy