An Act To Improve the Health and Economic Security of Older Residents
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §254-D, sub-§4, ¶B, as amended by PL 2015, c. 267, Pt. TT, §1, is further amended to read:
(1) Is a legal resident of the State;
(2) Meets the income eligibility criteria set forth in this section or is eligible for both MaineCare and Medicare Part D;
(3) Does not receive full MaineCare pharmaceutical benefits; and
(4) Is at least 62 years of age, or is 19 years of age or older and determined to be disabled by the standards of the federal social security program. A person who was eligible for the program at any time from August 1, 1998 to July 31, 1999 and who does not meet the requirements of this subparagraph at the time of application or renewal retains eligibility for the program if that person is a member of a household of an eligible person ; and .
(5) Does not have more than $50,000 individually or more than $75,000 per couple in liquid assets.
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §254-D, sub-§4, ¶D, as amended by PL 2011, c. 657, Pt. HH, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 3. Eligibility levels increased for the Medicare savings program; state plan amendment. The Department of Health and Human Services shall increase no later than January 1, 2020 the income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program as follows:
1. The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program to income not more than 150% of the federal poverty level;
2. The Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary program to income more than 150% but not more than 170% of the federal poverty level; and
3. The Qualified Individuals program to income more than 170% but not more than 185% of the federal poverty level.
The department shall prepare and submit any necessary Medicaid state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for approval for the increases required by this section.
This bill removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also increases the income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program to the levels in effect prior to Public Law 2011, chapter 657. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit any necessary state plan amendments for approval for the increases in income eligibility.