Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) help low-income older adults pay Medicare premiums and other out-of-pocket costs. However, historically, MSP enrollment has been low, despite efforts over the years to increase participation. Renewed interest in promoting enrollment is leading to new state eligibility expansions and fresh looks at how best to conduct outreach and enrollment efforts in communities. States can increase enrollment in MSPs by streamlining the application process and expanding eligibility. They could, for example, raise income limits or eliminate asset tests. The federal government is proposing that states adopt a series of changes to the MSP eligibility process to boost enrollment.
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