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The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free health insurance counseling for people with Medicare. SHIP is not affiliated with any insurance company or agency and does not sell insurance.  Our SHIP counselors have completed intensive training to offer you free and objective assistance in complete confidence.

Medicare's Open Enrollment Period is the time of year when you can make changes to your plan, leave your plan entirely in favor of one you believe is better, or if you are satisfied with your current coverage, leave your plan exactly as it is. In 2016, the Open Enrollment Period will be October 15th through December 7th. All changes made during that time will become effective on January 1st, 2017.

To contact a SHIP counselor call our Aging & Disability Resource Center at 1-800-742-9002.

2016 Income and Resource Limits

This chart shows countable income and resource limits for various assistance programs. Each program has its own criteria for what is counted as income or resources and what is excluded.


Income Limit

Resource Limit

SSA Extra Help

Full Subsidy

Single $1,344*

Married $1,813*

Single $8,780

Married $13,930

SSA Extra Help

Partial Subsidy

Single $1,491*

Married $2,012*

Single $13,640

Married $27,250


Single $1,001

Married $1,348

Single $2,000

Married $3,000


Medicare Beneficiary

Single $1,491

Married $2,012

Single $7,280

Married $10,930

SLMB-Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary

QI-Qualified Individual

Single $1,688 / Married $2,278

Single $1,835 / Married $2,477

Single $7,280

Married $10,930

SSI-Supplemental Security Income

Single $753**

Married $1,120**

Single $2,000

Married $3,000

The above amounts are subject to change each year when new Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA) are announced. This chart includes SSI income limits based on the "no 2016 COLA."  Eligibility limits for other programs will be updated when 2016 FPL changes are announced in early 2016.

*SSA's Extra Help income limits do not affect beneficiaries who are deemed eligible for Extra Help because they receive SSI, Medicaid, QMB, SLMB or QI benefits.  Therefore, beneficiaries with SLMB or QI status are deemed eligible for Extra Help even though their incomes are above SSA's Extra Help limits shown above.

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