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Medicare: Financial Assistance (QMB, QWDI, SLIMB)

Income And Resource Limits For Financial Assistance

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The various programs are shown below with their income limits and the benefits they provide.  If you meet the requirements listed above, look at the following chart to determine the plans for which your income qualifies you.

You can enroll in the programs at your state Medicaid office. 

If you do not qualify for one of these limits, check the limits for Medicaid in your state. The income limits may be higher. You can find contact information for your local Medicaid office at:   offsite link

If you have HIV, and do not qualify for Medicaid, you may still be eligible for your state's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) which has higher income limits. To learn more, see ADAP 101.

2016 Monthly Income Limit (limits vary each year starting January 1]


Program Pays Medicare's:



48 States

(Alaska & Hawaii see below)


48 States

(Alaska & Hawaii see below)








Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) -pronounced "Quimby"

Premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance







Specified Low Income Beneficiary (SLMB) - pronounced "Slimby"

Monthly Part B Premium







Qualified Individual 1 (QI1)

Monthly Part B Premium







Qualified Individual 2 (QI2)

A "small" part of Part B premium, about $7.00/month







Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI) Not pronounced

Only pays Part A premiums of people who have exhausted their Trial Work Period and Extended Period of Eligibility

* Incomes for Alaska and Hawaii are slightly higher. If your income is close to these amount, it is worth exploring whether you qualify for this program. To find out if you qualify, call your state Medicaid office. You can find the contact information for your local office at offsite link or you can find the telephone number online at offsite link, Under "Search Tools" select "Helpful Phone Numbers and Websites" or call Medicare at 800.633.4227.

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