Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
QMB pays for Medicare Part A (not everyone pays a premium) & Part B premium, annual deductible, and per visit co-pay charge for all Medicare covered services. If a Medicare beneficiary is approved for QMB, their Social Security check will not have the Part B premium amount deducted. There is no estate recovery in Illinois. Apply in Illinois through the ABE website online or a paper MSP application. The applicant must be enrolled in at least Medicare Part A and meet the eligibility guidelines below.
- 1 person household, $1,158 income per month, and $7,970 of countable assets
- 2 person household, $1,551 income per month, and $11,960 of countable assets
- Add $393 for each additional person in a household
Some states exempt these income sources:
- First $25 of monthly income and/or the first $20 of SSI income
- First $65 monthly of earned wages
- One-half of monthly wages after the $65 is deducted
- SNAP (formerly called food stamps)
In all states, these assets are not counted:
- Primary house
- One car
- Household goods and wedding/engagement rings
- Burial plot
- Up to $1,500 for burial expenses if money is put aside
The monthly income limits are 100% of the poverty level, although many states disregard some income. These figures may change if the poverty level changes.
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