What does enrollment in core benefits look like in your state? Use this benefits access data mapping tool to find out.
How to use this map
You can select states or regions for analysis and comparison. It is best to select one or two regions or a grouping of states, because too many states will not be able to fit on the chart below. A selection of states is already chosen. One option is to use the dropdown menus to the top of the map. You may also click on a state on the map or click and drag to select a group of states.
Zoom controls for the map will appear in the upper left once you mouse over the map. The third button from the top (the frame with a plus sign) may be particularly useful, as it allows you to click and drag an area upon which the map will zoom. You can pan the map by holding down both the right and left mouse buttons and dragging the cursor.
Mousing over a state on the map or a circle in the benefits comparison chart will provide more detailed information such as the Medicare population of state.
The five core benefits and eligibility requirements
Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). Help pay Medicare Part B premiums, and possibly other costs depending on income level. Eligibility: Income below 135% of the federal poverty level (FPL); countable assets below $7,280 for an individual, $10,930 for a couple.
Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS). Helps pay costs for the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit, with sliding scale based on income and asset level. Eligibility: Income below 150% FPL; countable assets below $13,640 for an individual, $27,250 for a couple.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Formerly the Food Stamp program, provides financial assistance each month for groceries. Benefits are transferred onto an EBT card. Eligibility: Income below 130% FPL; countable assets below $3,250 for a household with an elderly or disabled member.
Medicaid. Helps pay various medical costs, including some not covered by Medicare. Eligibility: Depends on state and program; many states set income level at 75% FPL, others at 100% FPL; most states limit assets to $2,000 for individual or $3,000 for a couple.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Helps pay energy, heating, and cooling costs with direct payments to the utility company. Eligibility: Income below 150% FPL.
Note that some states have varying eligibility requirements, and these do not take into account certain deductions or disregards.