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Benefits Roster - 2016 Financial Eligibility Guidelines

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One Person

Two People

Additional Guidelines

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamp Program)

Income

see Additional Guidelines

see Additional Guidelines

The Food Supplement Program's gross income limit is 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit. However, there are several exceptions to this income limit. State residents are encouraged to apply for the program if they need help with buying food. The income limit is waived for certain groups and there is also a waiver that allows the State to set the limit at 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit for needy families.

Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)

Changes July 1

Income

Assets

$1,716 per month

No asset test

$2,323 per month

No asset test

Provides eligible low-income Marylanders assistance with home heating bills.

Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)

Changes July 1

Income

Assets

$1,716 per month

No asset test

$2,323 per month

No asset test

Provides eligible low-income Marylanders assistance with electric bills. Only one application is required for both the Maryland Energy Assistance Program and Electric Universal Service Program.

Medical Assistance for those on Medicare

Medical Assistance for those without Medicare

Reduced health insurance premiums for qualified plans through Maryland Health Connection

Income

Assets

Income

 

Income

$350

$2,500

Up to $16,243 per year

 

$16,243 to 47,080 per year

$392

$3,000

Up to $21,984 per year

 

$21,984 to 63,720 per year

Requires documentation of disability; individuals can "spend down" to this income level to be eligible. Excludable assets include house, car and burial plan. 

To qualify for Maryland Health Connection, you must be under age 65, be a U.S. citizen, a qualified alien for five or more years, and a resident of the state of Maryland, without access to any other form of insurance.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Income

Assets

$733

$2,000

$1,100

$3,000

Medical Assistance eligibility automatic.

Home and Community Based Options (formerly Medicaid Waiver)

Income

Assets

$2,219

$2,000

 

Assists with payment of services in the home or in assisted living; must be assessed at nursing home level of care and meet Medical Assistance institutional eligibility rules.

Income eligibility figure includes $20 disregard.

Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP) 

Income

Assets

$1,226

No asset test

$1,659

No asset test

Employment for low income, age 55 and older.

Senior Care Program

Income

Assets

$2,793

$11,000

$3,653

$14,000

Case-managed, in-home services for age 65 and older.  Must be at risk of admission to a nursing home.

Seniors In Need (Senior Expo Fund)

Income

Assets

$1,485

$7,000

$2,003

$10,000

One-time-only and emergency assistance.

Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy

Income

Assets

$2,739

$11,000

$3,581

$14,000

Provides financial assistance for a limited number of eligible Assisted Living Group Home residents age 62 and older. Will pay $650 toward cost of facility.

Congregate
Housing Services Program (CHSP)

Income

Assets

$2,739

$27,375

$3,581

$35,587

Financial assistance for support services in selected senior housing sites; age 62 and older.

Accessible Homes for Seniors

Income

Assets

$3,836

No asset test

$4,384

No asset test

A loan program with zero percent interest deferred for 30 years to finance accessibility improvements such as ramps, grab bars, widening of doors, etc. Must be age 55 or older. 

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit   

Aid and Attendance for Surviving Spouse

Income

Assets

Income

Assets

$1,788

$80,000

$1,149

$80,000

$2,120

$80,000

Payments for personal care assistance or assisted living for Veterans who are homebound. Veteran must have over 90 days active duty, one day during time of war and must already be receiving a Veterans Administration pension.

Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program (EID)

Income

Assets

Countable income up to $2,917.50

Under $10,000

Countable income up to $3,932.50

Under $10,000

Health Insurance for qualified employed persons ages 18 to 64. May be on private health insurance or Medicare. Participant pays up to $55 monthly premium.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Income

Assets

$2,520 per month

No asset test

$3,296 per month

No asset test

Installation of energy conserving materials: insulation, furnace cleaning, hot water system improvement, etc.

Adult Day Care: Medical Assistance Reimbursement – $74.50 (Verified March 2015)

2016 Federal Poverty Limit Guidelines

     

100 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$990 per month ($11,880 per year)

Two People:  

$1,335 per month ($16,020 per year)

Three People:

$1,680 per month ($20,160 per year)

Four people:   

$2,025 per month ($24,300 per year)

     

130 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$1,287 per month ($15,444 per year)

Two People:  

$1,735.50 per month ($20,826 per year)

Three People:

$2,184 per month ($26,208 per year)

Four people:   

$2,632.50 per month ($31,590 per year)

     

200 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$1,980 per month ($23,760 per year)

Two People:  

$2,670 per month ($32,040 per year)

Three People:

$3,360 per month ($40,320 per year)

Four people:   

$4,050 per month ($48,600 per year)

Call Maryland Access Point (MAP) of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 for additional information or to be screened for financial benefits.

Medicare 2016

Learn more about Medicare benefits, enrollment criteria and eligibility for savings by using the following links that each open in a new window:

Medicaid for Long-term Care Facilities - Spousal Impoverishment Standards

All non-exempt assets (savings and checking accounts, stocks, bonds, etc.) owned by either spouse, jointly or separately, are pooled as of date the nursing home spouse enters the nursing home. The community spouse may keep $28,844 or half the assets, whichever is greater, but not more than $119,200. The couple's remaining assets are used to pay for nursing home care or other expenses until the nursing home spouse's assets reach the Medicaid eligibility level of $2,500. The community spouse's income will be evaluated to determine how much, if any, of the nursing home spouse's monthly income can be allowed for the community spouse's monthly maintenance allowance.

Assets for Community Spouse

  • Maximum Spousal Share: $119,200
  • Minimum Spousal Share: $28,844

Income for Community Spouse

The Basic Maintenance and Shelter Allowance is $1,991.25 per month. If shelter costs exceed $578.38, then the excess above that amount is added to $1,991.25, up to a cap of $2,980.50.

Utility Standards for Community Spouse

  • Heat included in rent (SNAP Food Stamps limited utility allowance): $250
  • Heat paid separately from housing: $414

For additional information on these programs or to be screened for financial benefits, call Maryland Access Point of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  

Revised March 15, 2016

 

Revised April 6, 2016        

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