For Consumers

Need help paying for Medicare?

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The Medicare Savings Program helps people on Medicare, who qualify, pay for all or part of their Medicare premiums.

If you qualify, the Medicare Savings Program may cover your Medicare:

  • Part A premiums
  • Part B premiums
  • Copayments
  • Deductibles

You can have either Original Medicare (Parts A and B) or a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C).

See if you qualify for a Medicare Savings Program

 2019 (effective April 1, 2019)

Medicare Savings Program income and resource (asset) levels


If your income is less than:

If your resources (assets)* are less than:

Single person

$1,425 per month/$17,100 per year



$1,922 per month/ $23,064 per year


*The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) does not count $1,500 above resource (asset) limits per person if it's set aside in a specific account for burial costs. Examples of resources:  Cash, bank accounts, certificates of deposit, U.S. Savings Bonds, real estate (except the home you live in), recreational vehicles.

Note: If you have income from working, your income could be higher, so we recommend applying to see if you qualify. This program does not include the home you live in and one car.

How to apply

Contact your local Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program directly to ask for help applying. Or call our Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-562-6900 and ask to be connected to your local SHIBA office.