317:35-7-43. Eligibility as Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries
An individual determined to be categorically related as aged, blind or disabled is eligible as a Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) if he/she meets the conditions of eligibility in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Section. For persons age 65 and older in mental health hospitals, refer to OAC 317:35-9-7.
- (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, of which the income standard is based on 120% of the Federal Poverty Level. State Supplemental Payments are not considered when determining the countable income. 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 SLMB standards for an individual and the income of both must be equal to or less than the SLMB standards for a couple. For a couple who are both eligible for Medicare, total countable income must be equal to or less than the SLMB 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, except that 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.