What Is The Income Limit For Medicare Part B?

Every individual who is a senior has the opportunity to join the Medicare program starting three months prior to turning 65 or within three months following their 65th birthday. Should you choose not to enroll when you’re eligible, for every 12-month period that enrollment is delayed, you’ll incur a penalty. This penalty increases your Medicare Part B premium by 10%.

This penalty will remain in effect for the rest of your life. However, you can delay it without suffering a penalty if you are covered under a current employer’s program. Arizona’s standard premium for Medicare Part B is $170.10 per month in 2022 if you aren’t a high earner.

People with higher earnings will pay higher premium costs. An income level of $91,000 will result in a total monthly premium price of $238.10, while someone earning above $500,000 will pay $578.30.

Income Limit for Medicare Part B

According to medicareinsuranceaz.com, people who are eligible for MSPs in Arizona fall into four categories:

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)

The income limit for qualified medicare beneficiaries, including Part B, is $1,064 a month if single and $1,723 a month for married couples. It pays for both Part A and Part B cost-sharing, Part B premiums, and if the beneficiary owns them, Part A premiums as well.

Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)

SLMB pays Medicare Part B premiums for low-income qualifying Medicare beneficiaries. The income limit, in this case, is up to $1,276 a month for single persons and $1,723 for married couples.

Qualifying Individuals (QI)

In this situation, the income limit is from SLMB levels up to $1,416 a month for single persons and $1,920 a month for married couples.

Qualified Disabled Working Individuals (QDWI)

The QDWI eligible group pays Part A premiums owed by specific disabled beneficiaries who decided to return to work. The income limit, in this case, is $2,126 per month if one lives alone.

MSP Asset Limits

Arizona doesn’t have an asset limit for SLMB, QMB, and QI. When it comes to qualified disabled working individuals, the asset limit is $4,000 for those that enroll and live alone and $6,000 for QDWI enrollees who live with another person.

When it comes to the income limits for SLMB, QMB, QI, they vary based on the applicant’s status. Things such as marital status, applying for QDWI, Medicaid for the elderly, blind, and disabled, and Long Term Services and Supports programs are calculated based on the number of household residents.

Elderly applicants and those who are disabled or blind have no asset limit if they don’t require long-term care. The income limit for such individuals is $1,064 per month if single and $1,437 a month for married couples. Since this is the same amount as QMB, applicants can receive qualified medicare beneficiaries and full Medicaid benefits.

In Arizona, applicants with income levels higher than the eligibility limit for Medicaid (in the case of the aged, blind, or disabled) may not qualify for the program. Applicants that have too high incomes for the Medicaid nursing program can become eligible with the help of a Miller Trust.

However, Medicaid applicants through the Miller Trust can’t go with this option if their income is below $7,253.13 a month, and they are located in either Pima or Maricopa County. In most Arizona counties, you may need a monthly income of about $6,337 or more.

How To Apply For Medicare Part B

Many people automatically receive both Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance) coverage. If you don’t directly receive these plans, you need to sign up. The Medicare program is managed by CMS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Social Security works with CMS to enroll citizens under the Medicare program. Each year, eligible seniors 65 years or older can review their services and plans but can suffer a penalty if they sign up late for enrollment. The best period to sign up for Medicare is three months before your 65th birthday or three months after.

How To Terminate Medicare Part B

If you don’t wish to benefit from your Medicare Part B plan, you can always terminate it. A personal interview is likely to occur if you go on with this process. Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 and speak with a representative or Arizona Insurance Professional to complete form CMS 1763 and terminate the Medicare Part B plan.

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