Medicare Cost Savings Programs

The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and Specified Low Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) programs are commonly referred to as Medicare Cost Savings Programs. The purpose of these programs is to assist individuals by paying:

To qualify for the QMB/SLMB program, applicants must meet three general eligibility requirements:

  1. Be enrolled in Part A Medicare (Hospital Insurance)
  2. Have resources not exceeding the QMB/SLMB resource maximums of $7,160 for an individual, and $10,750 for a couple
  3. Have income not exceeding the QMB/SLMB standard of the Federal Poverty Level for the assistance group size

Additionally, QMB/SLMB applicants must also meet the MHABD general eligibility requirements of: