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317:35-7-46. Eligibility as Qualifying Individuals

Revised 6-25-04

     An individual determined to be categorically related as aged, blind or disabled is eligible as a Qualifying Individual (QI) if he/she meets the conditions of eligibility in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this Section.

  • (1) The individual is enrolled for Medicare hospital insurance benefits under Part A, which includes an individual entitled to hospital insurance benefits by reason of voluntary enrollment in the premium-paying Part A program.
  • (2) The individual's income and resources do not exceed the standard as shown on DHS Appendix C-1, Schedule VII.A for QI-1.  The maximum income standard for the QI-1 program is an amount greater than 120% but less than 135% of the Federal Poverty Level.  For an individual whose spouse is not eligible for Medicare, total countable income of the eligible individual must be equal to or less than the QI standards for an individual and the income of both must be equal to or less than the QI standards for a couple.  For a couple who are both eligible for Medicare, total countable income must be equal to or less than the QI standards for a couple.  Countable income and resources are determined using the same rules followed in determining eligibility for individuals categorically related to Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled, with the following exceptions:
    • (A) Payments from Champus for medical care or from VA for Aid and Attendance are not considered in determining income eligibility.
    • (B) A $20 general income disregard is also applied to either earned or unearned income, but not both.  For couples, only one $20 general income disregard is given.
  • (3) A Qualifying Individual cannot be otherwise eligible for Medicaid.  Therefore, unlike QMB and SLMB individuals who may be determined eligible for Medicaid benefits in addition to their QMB/SLMB benefits, a QI recipient cannot be receiving or eligible for any other type of Medicaid benefit.
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