NCOA: Congress Addresses Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Issues

n its Medicare physician payment bill, the Senate Finance Committee did not make the Qualified Individual (QI) low-income program permanent as 112 national organizations requested, but it would extend the program for five years.

The budget bill Congress will pass this week also includes a three-month Medicare extenders package, including QI and funding for low-income outreach and enrollment activities. There will be additional opportunities to make QI permanent in January.

QI pays Part B premiums for beneficiaries with incomes between 120-135% of poverty, or about $13,700 to $15,550 per year.

What Happened

The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees approved different versions of legislation to reform the Medicare physician payment system, sometimes referred to as the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

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