From: Ethel Green [email@example.com]
Subject: FW: Social Security Increase
Here is a message from a Deputy Commissioner of Medicaid explaining the different programs that may be available for some of our folks. You may need to print this message out and have copies available to furnish interested folks as the time arrives for the 3.3% increase in the Social Security program benefits. Bear in mind that the QI1 program is a special limited fund that folks have to specially apply for. They may need assistance in doing this, and they should not “linger” about getting their paperwork processed. This may help a lot of those folks that the 3.3% increase causes them to be removed from the normal Medicaid roles. If they are not eligible for the QI1 program, the Medicare Low Income Subsidy Program may be the answer to their needs. That is a Federal program, not administered by Alabama Medicaid.
Seems the word about the new increase is out though we haven’t seen anything official here. We will be adjusting our Medicare Savings Program income guidelines around Feb. or March based on the poverty level increases and that should help. The fortunate thing this year is that we are able to accept QI1 applications. Last year we stopped taking them and couldn’t exparte anyone into that group because we ran over our federal allotment. I know you all will be getting calls so I wanted to share a web page with you. It has the incomes for our Medicare Savings Programs. We do our best to exparte someone into the next program if their income becomes too high for the one they are in. In other words, if someone is QMB and they receive an increase, we will look to see if they are eligible for SLMB or QI1 prior to terminating them. In addition to the Medicaid MSP programs at Medicaid, there is the Medicare Low Income Subsidy Program. That would be an alternative if an individual is no longer eligible for one of Medicaid’s MSP programs. All of these programs provide Part D prescription drug benefits as long as the individual is a citizen, lives in Alabama and eligible for Medicare Part A hospital insurance and/or enrolled in Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and meets the following income limits:
The income limits are as follows:
QMB Income limits:
$837.00 per month (gross) for individuals who are single, widowed, divorced, or separated,
$1,120.00 per month (gross) for a couple.
SLMB Income limits:
$1,000.00 per month (gross) for individuals who are single, widowed, divorced, or separated,
$1,340.00 per month (gross) for a couple.
QI-1 Income limits:
$1,123.00 per month (gross) for individuals who are single, widowed, divorced, or separated,
$1,505.00 per month (gross) for a couple.
QDWI Income limits:
$1,654.00 per month (gross) for individuals who are single, widowed, divorced, or separated,
$2,220.00 per month (gross) for a couple.
QDWI Resource limits:
$4,000.00 for an individual
A more details printable handout on our MSP programs may be found at:
In addition, individuals may apply for this Medicare Program through the Social Security Administration. NOTE: This is not a Medicaid Program.
Low Income Subsidy Income Limits:
$14,355 annually for individuals
$19,245 annually for couples
$11,500 resource limit for individuals
$23,000 resource limit for couples
More information about this program may be found at:
Medicare Part D Information for Alabama (Word Document)