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Benefits Roster 2018 Financial Eligibility Guidelines

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

Benefit

Resource

One Person

Two People

Additional Guidelines

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)*

Income

$2,023 per month

$2,743 per month

Helps low-income households buy the food needed for good health. The benefit amount varies based on household circumstances. Income limits may be lower and asset tests may exist for some categories of individuals.

Assets

No asset test

No asset test

Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)

Changed July 1

Income

 

$1,770 per month

 

$2,400 per month

 

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

AssetsNo asset testNo asset test

Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)

Changed July 1

Income

$1,770 per month

$2,400 per month

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.

Assets

No asset test

No asset test

Medical Assistance for those on Medicare*

Income

$350

$392

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

Assets

$2,500

$3,000

Medical Assistance for those without Medicare*

Income

Up to $16,643 per year

Up to $22,411 per year

 

Reduced Health Insurance Premiums for Qualified Plans through Maryland Health Connection

Income

$16,644 to 47,080 per year

$22,412 to 63,720 per year

To qualify for Maryland Health Connection, you must be under age 65, 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

$750

$1,125

Medical Assistance eligibility automatic.

Assets

$2,000

$3,000

Home and Community Based Options Waiver

Income

$2,250

Only the applicant's income is considered.

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. Age 21 and older.

Income eligibility figure includes $20 disregard.

Assets

$2,000

$2,500

Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP)

Income

$1,265

$1,715

Employment for low-income, age 55 and older through the Senior Community Service Employment Programs.

Assets

No asset test

No asset test

Senior Care Program

Income

$2,904

$3,797

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

Assets

$11,000

$14,000

Seniors in Need (Expo Fund)

Income

$1,770

$2,400

One-time-only and emergency assistance.

Assets

$7,000

$10,000

Senior Assisted Living Group Home Subsidy

Income

$2,904

$3,797

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.

Assets

$11,000

$14,000

Congregate Housing Services Program (CHSP)

Income

$2,904

$3,797

Financial assistance for support services in selected senior housing sites through the Congregate Housing Services Program. Age 62 and older.

Assets

$27,375

$35,587

Accessible Homes for Seniors

Income

$4,196

$4,796

A loan program with zero percent interest deferred for 30 years to finance accessibility improvements. Age 55 and older.

Assets

No asset test

No asset test

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit

Income

$1,830

$2,170

Payments for personal care assistance or Assisted Living through the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit for Veterans who are homebound. Veteran must have over 90 days active duty, one day during time of war.

Assets

$80,000

$80,000

Aid and Attendance for Surviving Spouse

Income

$1,176

 

Assets

$80,000

 

Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program (EID)

Income

Countable income up to $2,970

Countable income up to $4,005

The Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program extends Medical Assistance benefits to Marylanders age 18 to 64 with disabilities.

Assets

Under $10,000

Under $15,000

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Income

$2,023 per month

$2,743 per month

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

Assets

No asset test

No asset test

*To apply for SNAP, Medical Assistance and Medicare benefits online, visit myDHR for applications for services, to monitor the status of cases, update important information and more.

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

2018 Federal Poverty Limit Guidelines

The federal government sets the Federal Poverty Limit each January.

  • One person: $1,012 per month ($12,140 per year)
  • Two people: $1,372 ($16,460 per year)
  • Three people: $1,732 per month ($20,780 per year)
  • Four people: $2,092 per month ($25,100 per year)

Medicare 2018

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 $24,720 or half the assets, whichever is greater, but not more than $123,600. 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. 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: $123,600
  • Minimum Spousal Share: $24,720

Income for Community Spouse

The Basic Maintenance and Shelter Allowance is $2,057.50 per month. If shelter costs exceed $617.50, then the excess above that amount is added to $2,057.50, up to a cap of $3,090.

Utility Standards for Community Spouse

  • Heat included in rent (SNAP Food Stamps and 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 MAP of Baltimore County at 410-887-2594, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 
 
Revised October 11, 2018