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Medicare Premium Savings Program


The Medicare Premium Savings Program is available under Medicaid, and administered by the Erie County Department of Social Services. The Savings Program helps low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay for some of their Medicare out-of-pocket expenses. Included in the program:

  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program [QMB]
  • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program [SLIMB]
  • Qualified Individual 1 Program [QI-1]

How do I qualify?

Each program has different income and resource levels. To see if you qualify for help, find your income and resource level in the following chart:

2010 Savings Program Income and Resource Levels

 
FAMILY SIZEQMB
100% FPL
SLIMB
120% FPL
QI-1
135% FPL
1 $923 $1,103 $1,239
2 $1,235 $1,477 $1,660
Resource Limit No limit at this time No limit at this time No limit at this time

What Does Each Program Pay For?

  • QMB Medicare Part A and B, coinsurance, deductible and premium will be paid if you are eligible.
  • SLIMB Medicare Part B premium will be paid if you are eligible.
  • QI-1 Medicare Part B premium will be paid if you are eligible.

How Do I Apply?

Contact the Erie County Department of Social Services Medicaid Office at: [716] 858-6582 for application information.

Help information LINKS:

New York State Office for the Aging: http://www.aging.ny.gov/

Social Security Online Top Ten Services: http://www.ssa.gov/top10.html

New York State Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage [EPIC] http://www.health.state.ny.us/health_care/epic/