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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Free or low-cost health insurance for adults 65 years of age and over

Medicare Savings Programs

Medicare Savings Programs help Medicare recipients pay for all or part of their Medicare premiums. Eligibility is based on those who meet income and resource requirements.

Income and resource limits

Programs available
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB)
  • Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB)
  • Qualified Individual(QI-1) Program
Resource requirements for cost-sharing programs

For any of the cost-sharing programs your resources (assets) must be under $6,600 for an individual and $9,910 for a couple.

Examples of resources
  • Cash
  • Bank accounts
  • Certificates of deposits
  • Savings bonds
  • Stocks
  • Real property (except the home you live in)
  • Recreational vehicle
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program

QMB pays your Part B Medicare premium, and the cost, if any, of your Part A premium. QMB also pays your Medicare co-payments and deductibles. To be eligible your income must be no more than:

  • $973 per month for one person, or
  • $1,311 per month for a couple
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) and Qualified Individual(QI-1) Program: The Part B premium

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB):

  • $1,168 per month for one person, or
  • $1,574 per month for a couple

Qualified Individual (QI-1) program:

  • $1,314 per month for one person, or
  • $1,770 per month for a couple
How to apply and get help

NOTE: SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR ELIGIBILITY.