Helps lower the cost of outpatient prescription drugs for Maryland residents.
SPDAP will pay up to $25 per month for Medicare RX Prescription drug plan premium.
Many figures used to calculate Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) benefits are revised annually by Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the state agency that administers the program. These figures are usually updated in response to changes in the Federal Poverty Levels and can be found in the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 31.17.04.1 through 31.17.04.8. Note that this program allows you to deduct certain amounts from your household income when determining your financial eligibility for benefits.
Individuals must be:
- a resident of Maryland for at least 6 months,
- eligible for Medicare,
- enrolled in a Medicare approved Medicare Rx or Medicare Advantage prescription drug plan.
Have household income below 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Standards and those not eligible for the Full Federal Extra Help as determined by the Social Security Administration:
Individuals: $33,510 per year, or $2,792 per month
Couples: $45,390 per year, or $3,782 per month
Effective for year 2012, published in the Federal Register January 2012.
There are no asset limitations for this program.
To appeal a decision denying enrollment in the program, a written request for reconsideration must be made to the Grievance Committee within 90 days of receiving the Denial Letter. All written requests must state the specific reasons why the decision should be reversed, and should include a copy of the Denial Letter. The Grievance Committee has 14 days from receipt of a letter to make a decision and 7 days to send the decision.
Source of Funds:
Maryland state funds