The legal basis for the administration of this program is Section 1902 (a)(10)(E)(iii) of the Social Security Act and Section 208.153 (RSMO) for SLMB group 1.
For SLMB group 2 (QI-1) and SLMB group 3 (QI-2), the legal basis is Sections 1902 (a)(10)(E)(iv) and 1933 of the Social Security Act and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Section 1902(a)(10)(E)(IV) and Section 1933 of the Social Security Act provided for payment of a portion of Qualifying Individual 2’s (SLMB-3) Medicare Part B premium from January 1998 until December 2002. Congress did not extend this program, therefore, eligibility ended December 31, 2002. Congress did extend the QI-1 program.