What is the Medicare Savings Program?

| Sep 11, 2015 | Long-Term Care Planning |

When Michigan residents are struggling to make ends meet, it can be easy to let certain expenses fall to the wayside. In many cases in which people choose to stop seeking routine medical care as a way to save money. However, people need to be aware that they may qualify for government benefits in these situations. Long-term planning is often needed to ensure that people can take advantage of benefit programs well into the future.

Medicare planning, for example, if often necessary for certain individuals and families. People with limited income and resources may rely on this program, especially as they reach retirement age.

A related program is the Medicare Savings Program. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Medicare Savings Program is a program that allwos certain residents to receive extra income assistance. Under the program, residents might be eligible for reimbursement of up to $1,100 in Medicare expenses. This money can then be used to help them pay for other bills or living expenses.

To qualify, residents must have a monthly income that is at least 135 percent below the Federal Poverty Level. They must also qualify for Medicare Part A.

Applying for and keeping government benefits, like those offered by the Medicare Savings Program, is not always easy. It is often important to have a comprehensive plan in place to ensure that people will have access to the services they have come to rely on. The exact plan will look different for each individual and often people will need the help of a skilled attorney to put the plan into action.