The Medicare Part D low-income supplement (LIS) is
designed to help low-income persons access the
prescription drug benefit with reduced premiums and lower
out-of-pocket costs. To date, estimates suggest that
almost 80% of the persons eligible for the LIS are
participating in the program. But despite efforts by CMS
and its partners to enroll as many eligible persons as
possible, 5.6% of rural Medicare beneficiaries and 3.7%
of urban Medicare beneficiaries are estimated to be
eligible for but not enrolled in the LIS program.
Information in this brief and the accompanying state
tables could help CMS partners (including state and
county agencies) target counties with high likelihood of
identifying and enrolling LIS-eligible beneficiaries.
Funded by the Office of Rural Health Policy: Cooperative
Agreement for Rapid Response to Issue-Specific Rural