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.