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Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries and Restrictive Medicaid Rules

By Patricia Nemore & Jeanne Finberg

This article describes two provisions of the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 that significantly affect elderly persons—the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) benefit, and Section 303(e) rules limiting states' use of restrictive Medicaid eligibility methodologies. The article discusses the provisions' implementation, interpretation, and issues for advocacy.

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