There are four programs that can help Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes pay for their Medicare coverage.
Discover the eligibility thresholds for the Medicare Savings Programs in our chart, including changes made by individual states.
Use our 2022 eligibility chart to determine state-specific information about the income and resource thresholds for the four Medicare Savings Programs.
The Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are a set of benefits that are administered by state Medicaid agencies and help people pay for their Medicare costs. MSPs are divided into several programs:
- The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
- Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)
- Qualifying Individual (QI)
- Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI)
These may go by slightly different names in different states.
QMB, SLMB, and QI pay for a person's Medicare Part B premium. (QMB also covers additional cost-sharing in Parts A and B.) QDWI helps pay for a person's Part A premium.
Using the Federal poverty guidelines released each January, we maintain this updated eligibility chart with state-specific information about the income and resource thresholds for the four Medicare Savings Programs that can help low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay their healthcare costs. Note that your state Medicaid agency may not implement the current year's guidelines until March/April, following formal publication by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
This chart is updated annually or as we receive news about states changing their MSP guidelines.
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