Who qualifies for the Medicare Savings Program?
In most cases, to qualify for a Medicare Savings Program, a Medicare beneficiary must have:
- Medicare Part A
- Monthly income less than $1,386 and resources less than $7,560 in 2018 for an individual person
- Monthly income less than $1,872 and resources less than $11,340 in 2018 for a married couple, living together
Note: The limit for income and financial resources may change each year. Many states calculate your income and resources differently, so you may qualify in your state even if your income or resources are higher than the amounts listed above. If you have income from working, you may qualify for benefits even if your income is higher than the limits above. Resources include money in a checking or savings account, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Resources do not include your home, car, burial plot, burial expenses up to your state’s limit, furniture, or other household items. Some states do not have any limits on resources.
The names of these programs and how they work may vary by state. Medicare Savings Programs are not available in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Also, individual states may have higher income and/or resource limits. Check with your State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) office. Also, certain types of income and resources are not counted, so you should still apply even if you think your income and resources are above the limit.
How do I apply for a Medicare Savings Program?
Call your State Medical Assistance (Medicaid) office (see 1-800-MEDICARE Helpline
). Since the names of these programs may vary by state, ask for information on Medicare Savings Programs. It is very important to call if you think you qualify for any of these programs, even if you aren't sure. Visit www.medicare.gov on the web, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to get the telephone number for your state. TTY
users should call 1-877-486-2048.