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
|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:  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/