Additional Help WIth Health Care For Persons with Disabilities

Medicaid Buy-In for Working Persons with Disabilities

How does it help you?

Your state may allow you to buy Medicaid if you are disabled and no longer entitled to free Medicaid because you returned to work.

How do you qualify?

You may qualify if you:

  • Meet the definition of “disabled” under the Social Security Act; and
  • Would be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if it were not for your earnings.

If you are not an SSI recipient, your state decides if you are disabled. Your state will not consider whether you are working when it makes that decision.

How can you get more information?

Contact your state Medical Assistance office. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to get their telephone number. (TTY users call 1-877-486-2048.) Ask about the Medicaid buy-in program.

Help with Medicare Part A Premiums

How does it help you?

If you are under age 65, disabled, and no longer entitled to free Medicare Hospital Insurance Part A because you successfully returned to work, you may be eligible for a program that helps pay your Medicare Part A monthly premium.

How do you qualify?

To be eligible for this help, you must:

  • Continue to have a disabling impairment; and
  • Sign up for Premium Hospital Insurance (Part A); and
  • Have limited income; and
  • Have limited resources; and
  • Not already be eligible for Medicaid.

For more information

To find out more about this program, contact your state Medical Assistance office. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to get their telephone number. (TTY users call 1-877-486-2048.) Ask about Medicare for Qualified Disabled and Working Persons.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Get Ready. Get Set. Get America Covered. Need health insurance or know someone who does? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budgets. You can learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to apply for benefits at www.HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to get more information. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call TTY 1-855-889-4325. Please note, Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you have Medicare, you do not need to do anything.

The ACA also ensures that even if you have a preexisting condition you will be covered. If you are already covered, but want to change your plan, this is the time to do it. You or your family may have experienced changes over the last year that would make you want to update your coverage. Over the past two open enrollment periods, over 20 million individuals have enrolled in affordable health coverage, many for the first time. We now have the lowest uninsured rate in the country’s history.

Even if you’re just curious about the many plans in the open marketplace, you can compare healthcare plans at https://www.healthcare.gov/have-coverage.