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I just qualified for Medicare. I was receiving $917 Social

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I just qualified for Medicare. I was receiving $917 Social Security, from which $122 will be deducted for Medicare Part B, leaving me a mere $795 per month.
That is the only income I receive. I do, however, have almost $65,000 in an IRA, own my home and one vehicle. If I take $10,000 or more out of IRA, it is reported to IRS and I am liable for taxes on the full amount.
Do I qualify for Medicaid or QMB?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Finance
Expert:  Stephen G. replied 11 months ago.

You won't qualify for Medicaid or QMB or any of the other Medicare Premium Savings Plans due to your IRA. The QMB asset limitations are quite low, less than $10,000. ($7,280. in 2016 for a Single individual) Medicaid limits are substantially less than that, depending upon your state as low as $2,000. +-

If you limit your IRA withdrawal to $10,000., based upon the limited information provided, your federal income tax would be zero -0-, as your Social Security benefits would not be taxable at that income level.

Please let me know if you have any follow-up questions.

Thanks for using

Steve G.

Expert:  Stephen G. replied 11 months ago.

Just checking in..............

I see that you have had a chance to review my response & I'm sorry if the answer you received was not what you expected. However, I researched your question to confirm my understanding of the rules & unfortunately what counts for qualification for Medicaid or QMB is not the same as what is taxed or taxable for income tax purposes.

As I said, if you have any follow-up questions or if I may clarify anything for you, I would be happy to do so. In that connection, if you do not have any additional questions, please remember to rate my response (even if the answer isn't what you expected) as that is the only way I receive my share of the payment you already made to the site.

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Steve G.

Expert:  Stephen G. replied 10 months ago.

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Steve G.

Expert:  Stephen G. replied 9 months ago.

Just checking in.....................

I'd like to close out this question before the end of the month, if possible.

I would appreciate it if you would take a moment to let me know if I can assist you further and/or if you would provide a rating for my responses as indicated above.

Thanks again,

Steve G.