Seniors in Alabama are considered low-income if they earn $861 per month or less as a single person or $1,281 as a couple. This is for the purposes of the Medicaid and Social Security Income programs. Medicaid can be used to pay for home health care in Alabama. Low-income limits may be different for other programs in the state, such as Medicaid waivers, food assistance, Medicare savings programs and transportation.

Income and Asset Limits for Seniors in Alabama

To be considered low-income for the purposes of Medicaid, seniors in Alabama must earn $861 per month or less and own no more than $2,000 in assets. In some cases, certain assets may be deducted or exempted from the resource limit. Seniors must provide proof of their income when applying for a program as well as proof of any other conditions or qualifications required by state law, such as state residency and citizenship. Income limits for most state programs are based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and are subject to change. 

Eligibility for Other Low-Income Programs in Alabama

Seniors who don’t qualify as low-income for Medicaid may meet requirements for Medicaid’s waiver programs or other benefits provided by the state and federal government. To receive as much as $281 per month in food assistance, seniors can earn up to $1,133 in net income. SenioRx provides prescription assistance for Part B beneficiaries who have maxed out their benefits. The following table provides additional details about the requirements of various programs in Alabama. 


Income Limit Per Month*

Resource Limit*

Food Assistance



Elderly and Disabled Waiver



Independent Living Waiver



Qualified Medicare Beneficiary



Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary



Qualified Individual



*For a Household Size of 1