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Glossary - Q

This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program.

Q

Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI) Program

A state program that helps pay Part A premiums for people who have Part A and limited income and resources.

Qualified Individual (QI) Program

A state program that helps pay Part B premiums for people who have Part A and limited income and resources.

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program

A state program that helps pay Part A premiums, Part B premiums, and other cost-sharing (like deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments) for people who have Part A and limited income and resources.

Quality Improvement Organization (QIO)

A group of practicing doctors and other health care experts paid by the federal government to check and improve the care given to people with Medicare.


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This glossary explains terms in the Medicare program, but it isn't a legal document. The official Medicare program provisions are found in the relevant laws, regulations, and rulings.