Senior center hosts talk on Medicare Savings programs in CT

Lisa Alhabal, who works for the non-profit Southwest Area Agency on Aging, (SWCAA), will give a free talk about three Medicare Savings Programs at the Senior Center on Tuesday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. These programs are meant for individuals and couples who meet certain criteria. Advance registration is required. To register, call 203-256-3166 Monday through Friday, 9-3:30 and ask to be added to the program list.

There are three ways that low income Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) can help qualified seniors pay for Medicare Part B premiums. They are: the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB).

Household income determines if the individual or couple qualifies for QMB, SLMB or ALMB. All three programs pay Medicare Part B premiums. However, only QMB pays Medicare co-pays and deductibles for Medicare-covered services. There are no costs for applying or receiving benefits under these programs.

Income limits for the three levels of the program are:

• QMB – $2,069.11 for a single person and $2,802.08 for a couple

• SLMB – $2,266.11 for a single person and $3,067.68 for a couple

• ALMB – $2,413.26 for a single person and $3,266.88 for a couple

An individual who wants to enroll in one of these programs needs to complete an application form W-1QMB “Medicare Savings Programs Application/Redetermination” (Versión en Español.) found on the internet under State of CT Department of Social Services.

Applications will also be available at this program.

Once the application is complete, it should be mailed to DSS ConneCT Scanning Center, PO Box 1320 Manchester, CT 06045-1320.

The public is welcome to attend the talk.

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