Senators May Let Medicare Qualified Individual (QI) Program Lapse

On Dec. 12, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill to fix long-standing problems with Medicare physician payments. The fix may not include a permanent extension of the Medicare Qualified Individual (QI) program which helps over 400,000 low-income beneficiaries (those with incomes of about $14-$15,000) afford their Medicare Part B costs.

The National Council on Aging is urging advocates to alert Senators about the need to make the QI program permanent.

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