LANSING -- Any disabled Michigan resident denied Medicaid eligibility in the past because of their income level should recheck their eligibility, a state senator advises, according to a report in MLive.
Republican State Sen. Jim Stamas of Midland issued a press release reminding constituents of a change to eligibility requirements in Michigan's "Freedom to Work" program that took effect on Oct. 1.
The program, first developed in 2003, helps protect disabled Medicaid recipients who choose to work from losing access to health benefits.
Stamas said recent reforms to the program have changed what it takes to be eligible to participate, encouraging anyone rejected in the past to contact their local Department of Health and Human Services office to check if the changes impact their eligibility.
"Many Michigan residents with disabilities may now be able to receive medical assistance after a reform to the program's eligibility requirements went into effect earlier this month," Stamas said.
To be eligible for the Michigan Freedom to Work program, a resident now must:
- Be working
- Have a disability
- Be between the ages 16 and 65
- Have a total income at or under 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline
- Have individual assets that do not exceed the Medicare Savings Program limit
(Details: Bulletin outlining changes on DHHS website)
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-- Compiled by Jerry Wolffe, writer-in-residence, advocate-at-large at MORC. He can be reached at (586) 263-8950.