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I closed my eyes.

I crossed my fingers.

I thought I might hear bad news when they voted last week.

Bad news that could have cost some seniors their lives. Many would be forced to choose between filling their prescriptions and buying food or paying rent.

The State of Connecticut could have kicked tens of thousands of grandmothers and grandfathers off the Medicare Savings Program (MSP).

This could have happened as of July 1st 2018.

But, I think because Connecticut seniors made so much political noise…

And our Connecticut legislators want to keep their jobs…

They voted in your favor.

Last week they voted to continue the program. It is just as it was in 2017.

(Technically, it is a little better. The program is slightly easier to qualify for. This is because an inflation adjustment pushed income limits up in March.)

Here are the new guidelines.

2018 Connecticut Medicare Savings Program Monthly Income Limits
Program Monthly Income Limit (single) Monthly Income Limit (married couple)
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) $2,135.32 $2,894.92
Special Low Income Beneficiary (SLMB) $2,337.72 $3,169.32
Additional Low Income Beneficiary (ALMB) $2,489.52 $3,375.12

Do You Think You Qualify?

Let me know.

I can help you apply.

(Free of charge.)

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary

If you qualify for this program:

  • The State of Connecticut will pay your Medicare Part B Premium.
    (This means an extra $134 in your monthly social security deposit.)
  • You shouldn’t be charged a copay for most medical services. This includes doctor visits and hospital stays.
  • Your drug copays will be reduced or eliminated for most prescriptions.

Special Low-Income Beneficiary

If you qualify for this program:

  • The State of Connecticut will pay your Medicare Part B Premium.
    (This means an extra $134 in your monthly social security deposit.)

Additional Low-Income Beneficiary

If you qualify for this program:

  • The State of Connecticut will pay your Medicare Part B Premium.
    (This means an extra $134 in your monthly social security deposit.)

This program has never been guaranteed. If they run out of funding in the middle of the year, they stop accepting new applicants.

A Low-Income Program Millionaires Qualify for?

This isn’t true for other states. But in Connecticut, they don’t care about your assets. (They do care about your income.).

You can own a million-dollar home. You can have another million in the stock market.

Free Tips That Can Save You Money

Medicare is complicated.

Many of the programs that can help you are unadvertised.

I want you to take advantage of the work I do. I invest a lot of time studying Medicare. This includes Medicare Parts A and B. It also includes all Medicare Supplement Plans, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans sold in Connecticut.

I also research government and private programs that can benefit seniors. (Especially seniors who live in Connecticut.)

If you want to receive more information from me in your email inbox, request Connecticut Medicare tips here. (I’ll send you email. But you’ll get no phone calls unless you contact me first.)

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Alston J. Balkcom

“ Connecticut-licensed insurance agent since 1985.”

2018 CT Medicare Savings Program (MSP) income guidelines.