AGING SERVICES: Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program (MSP) Update

Connecticut’s Medicare Savings Program (MSP) Update

The CT Department of Social Services posted the following announcement regarding the Medicare Savings Program:
“Updated information, May 15, 2018:   Governor Malloy signed budget legislation adopted by the General Assembly that includes full funding restoration for the Medicare Savings Programs (MSP).  The legislation reverses cutbacks that had been scheduled to take effect in July 2018.  This means that if you are currently getting MSP benefits, you will continue to get the same benefits going forward."
The funding restoration is due, in part, to the many individuals who advocated on behalf of CT’s Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare Savings Program has three levels of coverage: Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and Additional Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (ALMB). The State pays the Medicare Part B premium for all levels of the program. Medicare Savings Program recipients are automatically enrolled in the Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy program, which helps pay Medicare Part D prescription costs. QMB recipients receive additional assistance to help with cost sharing (premiums, deductibles, co-pays and co-insurance for Medicare A & B covered services). Below is the most current income guidelines for the Medicare Savings Program.

Medicare Savings Program Income Eligibility Limites effective 3/18
Program Status Monthly Income Limit Status Monthly Income Limit 
211% FPL
Single $2,135.32 Couple $2,894.92 
231% FPL 
Single $2,337.72Couple  $3,169.32  
246% FPL 
 Single   $2,489.52  Couple $3,375.12 

The State Unit on Aging and the five local Area Agencies on Aging through our CHOICES, State Health Insurance assistance Program (SHIP), are working with the Department of Social Services to assist beneficiaries who may have questions or would like to explore their Medicare coverage options.
Medigap, QMB and Medicare Advantage – Frequently Asked Questions- A question and answer document, which provides information about Medicare Supplement, QMB, and Medicare Advantage. 

The State Unit on Aging has made every effort to provide accurate information relative to the content contained on this website which was prompted by the state legislation reducing the income-eligibility limits for the Medicare Savings Program. To that extent, the information, which has been gathered from various sources, is as accurate as possible on the date published.  For more information, contact CHOICES at the regional Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-994-9422.

Content Last Modified on 6/1/2018 3:08:53 PM