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Benefits Roster 2017 Financial Eligibility Guidelines

Programs and services from the federal, state and local government have financial eligibility guidelines, which are subject to frequent updates. Refer directly to the program you are interested in, for more information.

Benefit

 

One Person

Two People

Additional Guidelines

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

Income

see Additional Guidelines

see Additional Guidelines

Helps low-income households buy the food needed for good health. To be eligible, the income limit for elderly and disabled households is 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and for other households it is 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit.  Asset limits apply; with some exceptions. The benefit amount varies based on household circumstances.

Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)

Changes July 1

Income

 

Assets

$1,733 per month

No asset test

$2,336 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

$1,733 per month

No asset test

$2,336 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

$755

$2,000

$1,143

$3,000

Medical Assistance eligibility automatic.

Home and Community Based Options (formerly Medicaid Waiver)

Income

Assets

$2,207

$2,000

$2,207

$2,500

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

$1,256

No asset test

$1,692

No asset test

Employment for low-income, age 55 and older.

Senior Care Program

Income

Assets

$2,841

$11,000

$3,715

$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 (Expo Fund)

Income

Assets

$1,733

$7,000

$2,336

$10,000

One-time-only and emergency assistance.

Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy

Income

Assets

$2,841

$11,000

$3,715

$14,000

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

Congregate
Housing Services Program (CHSP)

Income

Assets

$2,841

$27,375

$3,715

$35,587

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

Accessible Homes for Seniors

Income

Assets

$4,000

No asset test

$4,583

No asset test

A loan program with zero percent interest deferred for 30 years to finance accessibility improvements. 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 $2,918

Under $10,000

Countable income up to $3,933

Under $10,000

Extends Medical Assistance benefits to Marylanders age 18 to 64 with disabilities.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Income

 

Assets

$1,980 per month

No asset test

$2,670 per month

No asset test

Helps low-income households with the installation of energy conservation materials and major appliances.

Adult Day Care: Medical Assistance Reimbursement is $75.99 (Effective July 1, 2016)

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

2017 Federal Poverty Limit Guidelines

The federal government sets the Federal Poverty Limit each January.

 

100 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$1,005 per month ($12,060 per year)

Two People:  

$1,353 per month ($16,240 per year)

Three People:

$1,702 per month ($20,420 per year)

Four people:  

$2,050 per month ($24,600 per year)

Depending on the program, the income guideline is based on a certain percentage of the Federal Poverty Limit.

     

130 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$1,307 per month ($15,678 per year)

Two People:  

$1,759 per month ($21,112 per year)

Three People:

$2,213 per month ($26,546 per year)

Four people:  

$2,665 per month ($31,980 per year)

Depending on the program, the income guideline is based on a certain percentage of the Federal Poverty Limit.

     

165 percent of Poverty Level

One Person:

$1,658 per month ($19,899 per year)

Two People:  

$2,232 per month ($26,796 per year)

Three People:

$2,808 per month ($33,693 per year)

Four people:  

$3,383 per month ($40,590 per year)

Medicare 2017

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

Medicaid Long-term Care Facilities Spousal Impoverishment Standards

All non-exempt assets (such as savings and checking accounts, stocks, bonds) owned by either spouse, jointly or separately, are pooled as of the date the nursing home spouse enters the nursing home. The community spouse may keep $24,180 or half the assets, whichever is greater, but not more than $120,900. 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: $120,900
  • Minimum Spousal Share: $24,180

Income for Community Spouse

The Basic Maintenance and Shelter Allowance is $2,002.50 per month. If shelter costs exceed $600.75, then the excess above that amount is added to $2,002.50, up to a cap of $3,022.50.

Utility Standards for Community Spouse

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

Information

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

 
 
Revised April 20, 2017