Medicare Glossary

Definitions for common Medicare terms

specified low-income Medicare beneficiaries

DEFINITION: Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMB) is a Medicaid program that will cover your Medicare Part B premiums if you have limited resources, an income below the poverty line, and are already receiving Medicare Part A.

The SLMB program is one of the four types of Medicare Savings Programs that help Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets afford health care. The eligibility rules and benefits are different for each of the Medicare Savings Programs. A single person can qualify for the SLMB program in 2018 with an income up to $1,234 per month ($1,666/month for a couple).

People who qualify as an SLMB do not have to pay the Medicare Part B premium themselves, as Medicaid pays it instead. And these beneficiaries are also automatically eligible for Extra Help paying for Part D prescription coverage.