Medicare Savings Programs

Medicare Savings Programs are federal and state funded assistance programs that help pay for some Medicare expenses. For those that do not qualify for Medicaid (MO HealthNet) benefits, there may still be help for "payment of Medicare premiums." These programs require that an individual have:

  • Income below 135% of the federal poverty level, and
  • Resources below $7,160 for a single person or below $10,750 for a couple.

If you qualify for any Medicare Savings Program, you automatically qualify for the Prescription Drug Extra Help program. Medicare will pay the premiums for a basic prescription drug plan, and pay for most covered prescription medications (except for small co-pays). The beneficiary will not have the gap in coverage, and if they reach the out-of-pocket maximum, Medicare will pay 100% of their covered medication costs.

The chart below details the three available programs and the assistance offered:


What It's Called


Maximum Income and Resources


What It Pays For


Qualified Medicare Beneficiary

Single - $993

Couple - $1,331

  • Medicare Part A monthly premiums (when applicable)
  • Medicare Part B monthly premiums
  • Deductibles, copays, and coinsurance for Medicare Parts A and B, and Medicare Advantage plans.


Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary

Single - $1,187

 Couple - $1,593

  • Medicare Part B monthly premiums.

QI-1 (SLMB-2)



Single - $1,333

 Couple - $1,790


  • Medicare Part B monthly premiums. (Federal funding is subject to availability.)

To apply for any of the Medicare Savings Programs, a MO HealthNet (Medicaid) application must be completed and submitted to your local Family Support Division office. Get the application here. If you have questions about your benefits, contact your local Family Support Division office. Click here to find your county's Family Support Division office.

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