Capitol Correspondence - 07.29.19

ACL, CMS and DOL Issue Q&A Document on Medicaid Buy-In

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ANCOR is sharing this announcement by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) on a “question and answer” document on the Medicaid buy-in program because ANCOR has advocated on this issue in Congress. The ACL document is issued jointly with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Department of Labor (DOL).

As written in the ACL announcement:

“ACL, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) are releasing a new “question and answer” document to help grantees, stakeholders, and self-advocates better understand the “Medicaid buy-in” program.

Work is about more than a paycheck. It can offer a sense of purpose, community, and belonging. Unfortunately, people with disabilities often face barriers to employment and some even choose to suppress their income to gain or maintain access to critical community services. Medicaid Buy-In is an optional Medicaid eligibility group which allows workers with disabilities with income above traditional limits to access essential Medicaid community-based services.

The Q&A is being released as the country celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week and reflects ACL’s ongoing commitment to advance policies and programs that promote and support successful employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Learn more about ACL’s work to promote employment.