Help with Medicare Costs in 2016

 

Who qualifies for help with Medicare costs?

People in Arizona can use an online application at www.healthearizonaplus.gov

QMB income & resource limits in 2016:

Individual monthly income limit*

$1,010

Married couple monthly income limit*

$1,355

Individual resource limit

$7,280

Married couple resource limit

$10,930

Program helps pay for:

  • Part A premiums
  • Part B premiums
  • Deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments

 

SLMB income & resource limits in 2016:

Individual monthly income limit*

$1,208 (This number includes the $20 disregard.)

Married couple monthly income limit

$1,622

Individual resource limit

$7,280

Married couple resource limit

$10,930

 

QI income & resource limits in 2016:

Individual monthly income limit

$1,357

Married couple monthly income limit

$1,823

Individual resource limit

$7,280

Married couple resource limit

$10,930

Program helps pay for:

Part B premiums only

 

EXTRA HELP WITH DRUG COSTS

 

If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for Extra Help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage.

 

If you qualify for this help in 2016, you will pay no more than $2.95 for each generic drug and $7.40 for each brand-name covered drug.

In 2016, you may qualify if you have up to $17,820 in yearly income ($24,030 for a married couple) and up to $13,640 in resources ($27,250 for a married couple).

 

People in Arizona can use an online application at www.healthearizonaplus.gov

First you set up a user name and password and then you ask for help with Medicare costs.  It takes about 20 minutes to complete the application.  If your only income is from Social Security, the program will access your Social Security information and tell you if you qualify.  ARIZONA DOES NOT ASK IF YOU HAVE SAVINGS OR OTHER ASSETS.

Confirmation will be received by mail within about one week.  It’s amazingly fast if you apply on line.  Otherwise, it can can 45 days to process a paper application.

 

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4 Responses to "Help with Medicare Costs in 2016"

  1. Amy says:

    Hi Denise,
    FYI The SLMB amounts are different on the video and in the printed material on your site.
    Thanks for doing this, you provide a great resource for all on Medicare.

  2. Denise says:

    The difference in the SLMB amount is the $20 disregard. The government allows $20 more in income to qualify for help. I’ll fix the text. Thanks.

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