Slimby and Quimby were going to the fair. They were looking for Qip when all of a sudden ...

Oh, wait. Before we go there, remember (from last column) some upcoming events:

April 23 - Fall Prevention workshops. 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the PACE building in Ilwaco, and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Long Beach Retirement and Assisted Living in Long Beach.

April 30 - Medication Awareness, at PACE in Ilwaco. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

May 4 - Fall Prevention at the Westport Senior Center, noon to 1 p.m. More workshops and outreach events are in the works and we'll make sure the information gets out there in plenty of time for folks to plan ahead.

Now, as much as Slimby, Quimby and Qip all sound like characters in some alternate universe, they are not. Therefore, it's safe to assume that "they" aren't really going to the fair ... or anywhere else. As to who or what they are, let's jump to another reminder. Medicare Savings Programs.

OK, maybe a sideways of getting to program information, but if I started off with "Medicare" you might already be asleep. So let's concentrate on the "savings" part - savings is always a good thing and the guidelines do have a way of changing.

QMB (Quimby), SLMB (Slimby), and QIP (or Ql-1) are all programs designed to pay for Medicare Part B premiums. In the case of QMB, the program also pays for Part A, deductibles, copays and so on. As with each of the programs out there, there are eligibility guidelines in order to obtain the assistance.

Briefly, the income ceilings are as follows:

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB) - Income: $867 per month (individual), $1,167 (couple).

Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) - $1,040 per month (individual), $1,400 (couple)

Qualified Individual Program (QIP) - $1,170/month (individual), $1,575 (couple).

Assets for these programs have a ceiling of $4,000 for an individual and $6,000 for a couple, not including the house you live in.

For information and/or application, contact your local Community Service Office folks (you may think of it as the DSHS building). In Long Beach, call 642-3791, and in South Bend call 875-6501. Saving money is always a good thing.

And feel free to ponder Slimby, Quimby and Qip's adventures!

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