This program will pay the premiums, deductibles and co-insurance payments of the Medicare Program for older and disabled individuals who are financially eligible. The current QMB eligibility caps for 2008 are: $867/month income and $4,000 in assets for an individual; and $1,167/ month income and $6,000 in assets for a couple. QMB-eligible beneficiaries must go to medical care providers who participate in the Medical Assistance Program. In addition to the income and assets stated, an individual or couple may have a house, car, and a burial plan (with a value not to exceed $1,500) and still be eligible for the QMB Program.
Applications are made for the QMB Program through the local Department of Social Services, using the standard Medical Assistance form. QMB recipients receive a gray card as evidence of their eligibility