TONI KING: Why did my 84-year-old mother lose her Medicaid QMB benefits?

Hi Toni:

Maybe you can answer this for my mother who is 84 years old and HAD Medicaid QMB. In January, she lost her Medicaid QMB benefits because she was only $2 over the $990 allowable amount. Now she has SLMB which picks up her Part B premium of $104.90 and only helps with prescriptions, but pays nothing for Medicare’s hospital deductible or her Part B 20percent out of pocket. She went to the emergency room at Clear Lake Regional and it cost her $500 which is her 20 percent.

She now wants to give

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