Medicaid buy-in (Ticket to Work) legislation passes!

Phil Jordan

Governor to sign bill on July 11

Thanks in large part to Representative Eileen Cody (D-West Seattle) the long-awaited passage of House Bill 2230, the  "Medicaid Buy-in," was accomplished by the Washington Legislature in June of 2001.  Governor Gary Locke will sign the bill in a public ceremony on Wednesday, July 11 in Redmond.  The bill signing will take place at 16070 NE 36th Way on the Microsoft Redmond campus (the St. Helen's Room in the Microsoft Conference Center - Building 33. )

The new law allows Washington to implement an important provision in a federal law called the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999.  The "Ticket" law allows states to expand Medicaid coverage to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients who are attempting to return to work.  In the past, the potential loss of Medicaid coverage made it difficult or impossible for such individuals to make the attempt to resume working.

Under the new state legislation, it will be possible to continue receiving Medicaid coverage even when individuals begin to earn wages.  This will reduce the fear of losing important health care coverage for people with disabilities.

The Medical Assistance Administration will be writing regulations that establish eligibility and cost-sharing requirements for individuals eligible for the new program.  Watch Envoy On-Line or the WPAS Legislative Agenda for important developments in the rule-making process.

Want to learn more about Ticket to Work?  Try these links:

Social Security Administration "Work" page
Alliance SSI Resource page*

*Editor's Note: Conent for this external link is no longer available. If you know of a replacement link, please alert the DRW web editor at [email protected].