Issue Brief 12-29
July 27, 2012

Under the “qualifying individual” (QI) program, states receive 100% federal Medicaid reimbursement for paying Medicare Part B premiums for certain categories of elderly or disabled individuals up to an annual allotment. On July 24, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register final state allotments for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and preliminary allotments for FY 2012. This program received $885 million in FY 2011 and $730 million in FY 2012. It has been authorized and funded through a series of short-term extensions, with the latest one set to expire on December 31, 2012.