Q-1400, MSPs and Cost-of-Living Adjustments

Revision 20-3; Effective September 1, 2020

The income limits for QMB, SLMB and QI are based on the federal poverty level (FPL), which is adjusted annually. The Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is excluded through the month in which the annual revision of the FPL is published. To determine eligibility for applications and redeterminations, use the pre-COLA benefit amount during those months.

For example, if the FPL is published in February, exclude the RSDI COLA for the months of January and February.

Reminder: The COLA exclusion does not apply when determining eligibility for the QDWI program.

Related Policy

Deeming Income, E-7000
QDWI Cost-of-Living Adjustment, Q-6300