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Said chapter 118E is hereby further amended by inserting after section 25 the following section:-
(a) The division shall, for individuals 65 years of age or older, disregard income in an amount equivalent to 30 per cent of the federal poverty level and disregard assets in an amount equivalent to the federal resource limit for the Medicare Saving Programs, each as adjusted annually, in determining eligibility for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary, Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary and Qualified Individual programs, described in 42 U.S.C. section1396a(a)(10)(E) and also known as the Medicare Saving or Medicare Buy-In Programs. Enrollment in the Qualified Individual program shall be capped if the federal allotment for the program is exhausted.
(b) Prior to implementing subsection (a), the division shall obtain all required federal approvals, including amending its state plan, and shall promulgate regulations.
This section expands eligibility for Medicare buy-in programs, which allow certain qualifying individuals to buy into Medicare even if they would not otherwise qualify.
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