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CLASS Can Help with Medicare Costs
By Shannon McCarty, CLASS Development Director


Community Living and Support Services (CLASS) has been serving the Pittsburgh region since 1951.  CLASS believes that all people, regardless of ability, have a valuable role to play in the community. 

What does CLASS do?
CLASS offers a variety of individualized in-home and community-based services for men and women of varying abilities. Services include, but are not limited to:  Community Skill Building, Community Partners, In-Home Services, Residential Services, the Multiple Sclerosis Exercise and Support Program, PIAT (Pennsylvania’s Initiative on Assistive Technology), and the Alliance for Community Respite Care. The goal of the programs at CLASS is to connect individuals with local supports and resources, so they may live as independently as possible in their own homes and communities. 

I heard CLASS can help me lower my Medicare costs. How can CLASS help me?
CLASS is currently offering two programs that help individuals alleviate some of their Medicare costs.  Extra Help may lower your prescription co-payments and premiums and cover the cost of the average gap ("donut hole"). The Medicare Savings Program can help with the payment of your Part B premium and possibly the payment of your Medicare Part A and Part B cost-sharing.

Am I eligible for these programs? 
You may qualify for Extra Help if you are:

  • Single and have a total monthly income less than $1,508 per month and less than $13,820 in resources
  • Married and have total monthly income less than $2,030 per month and less than $27,600 in resources
    You may qualify for the Medicare Savings Program if you are:
  • Single and have a total monthly income less than $1,357 per month and less than $7,390 in resources
  • Married and have total monthly income less than $1,624 per month and less than $11,090 in resources

I think I am eligible for the Medicare Savings Program.  How do I apply?
To apply for the program, contact Christina Vasquez at cvasquez@classcommunity.org or 412.683.7100 extension 2243.

To learn more about CLASS, visit www.classcommunity.org or call 412.683.7100.

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