Prescription Drug Assistance
SDS return address
Date: November 23, 2006
Social Security Number:
JOHN Q. PUBLIC
123 MAIN ST
SPRINGFIELD OH 45501
On your request for appeal filed April 20, 2006, you asked us to review the determination
we made on your Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. This
notice tells you our decision, the reason for our decision, and the effect our decision
has on your right to further review.
Your claim was previously denied on April 1, 2006. A hearing was held on May 10, 2006.
You participated in the hearing.
The issue(s) in this case is whether you have another pension of $12,000 per year.
You submitted and I reviewed a letter from Sunshine Printing Incorporated which stated
your pension is currently $1100 per year. This amount added to your Social Security
income of $7,200 does not put you over the income limit of $12,000 prescribed by law.
Attached is a list of exhibits.
You are eligible for extra help to pay your Medicare prescription drug costs, also
known as subsidy, based on the amount of your income. You will receive another notice
explaining the amount of your subsidy.
The new law on the Medicare prescription drug programs provides that the income and
resource limits for eligibility for the Medicare Prescription Drug subsidy be based
on our Supplemental Security Income (SSI) rules. I followed those rules in making
this decision. You have the right to review and get copies of the information in our
records that we used to make the decision explained in this letter. You also have
a right to review and copy the laws, regulations and policy statements used in deciding
your case. To do so, please contact us at 1-800-772-1213.
This Decision Is Final
If you disagree with the decision, you may ask for court review by filing a civil
action. If you do not ask for court review, this decision will be final.
How To File A Civil Action
You may file a civil action (ask for court review) by filing a complaint in the United
States District Court for the judicial district in which you live. The complaint should
name the Commissioner of Social Security as the defendant and should include the Social
Security number(s) shown at the top of this letter.
You or your representative must deliver copies of your complaint and of the summons
issued by the court to the U.S. Attorney for the judicial district where you file
your complaint, as provided in rule 4(i) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
You or your representative must also send copies of the complaint and summons, by
certified or registered mail, to:
The General Counsel
Social Security Administration
Room 611 Altmeyer Building
6401 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21235
The Attorney General of the United States
Washington, DC 20530
Time To File A Civil Action
You have 60 days to file a civil action (ask for court review).
The 60 days start the day after you receive this letter. We assume you received this
letter 5 days after the date on it unless you show us that you did not receive it
within the 5-day period.
If you cannot file for court review within 60 days, you may ask us to extend your
time to file. You must have a good reason for waiting more than 60 days. You must
make the request in writing and give your reason(s) in the request.
You must mail your request for more time to us at the address shown at the top of
this notice. Please put the Social Security number(s) also shown at the top of this
notice on your request. We will send you a letter telling you whether your request
for more time has been granted.
If You Have Any Questions
For information about Medicare prescription drug plans or other Medicare issues, visit
www.medicare.gov on the Internet or call toll-free 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). If you are deaf
or hard of hearing, you may call the Medicare TTY number toll-free at 1-877-486-2048.
For information about the extra help with the costs related to Medicare prescription
drug plans or general information about Social Security, visit our website at www.socialsecurity.gov on the Internet. You may also call Social Security toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. If
you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our TTY number toll-free at 1-800-325-0778.
We can answer most questions by phone.
If you do call, please have this letter with you. It will help us answer your questions.
List of Exhibits