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Comprehensive Person-Centered State Work Incentive Initiatives:

A Resource Center for Developing & Implementing Medicaid Buy In Programs
Related Employment Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities


I. Overview of a State’s Comprehensive Person-Centered Employment Initiatives

The Illinois Medicaid Buy In program was implemented January 1, 2002.
It is called the “Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities” program.

Link to Medicaid Infrastructure Grant project web site address

Link to Illinois Medicaid Buy-In Program Web Site

NewDownload file of two summary charts
State’s Medicaid Buy-In Program Design Features
- Income Eligibility Criteria
- Resource Limits and Exclusions
- Cost Sharing - Minimum Income Level and Premium or Cost Share Methods
- Work Related Policies and Protections
State’s SSI and Other Medicaid Income Standards for Adults with Disabilities


II. What’s New and Persons to Contact

What’s New
454 Medicaid Buy-In enrollees as of June 30, 2003

Persons to Contact:
Pat Curtis
Project Director
Illinois Department of Public Aid
201 South Grant Ave., East
Springfield, IL 62763-0001
Phone (voice): 217/558-4534
Fax: 217/557-24-39


III. Program Development - Past and Present

  • Executive Branch Leadership, Cross Disability Coalition Leadership and Interagency Working Groups
  • Initial Planning, Information Gathering and Program and Fiscal Estimates


IV. State Legislation - Adopted and Pending

PA 91-01712


V. Current State Policies and Program Descriptions

  • State Policies: State Plans, Regulations and Waiver Requests to Federal Agencies - Pending and Adopted Programs
  • Ensuring Informed Choice and Person - Centered Programs: Benefits Counseling, Work Force Investment Act Implementation and Related Educational Services
  • Descriptions for Consumers and Staff Training Activities


Download a Word file of the Illinois Medicaid Buy Regulations

Link to Medicaid Buy-In Brochure


VI. Program Data and Impact

  • Medicaid Buy-In Data
    454 Medicaid Buy-In enrollees as of June 30, 2003
  • Consumer Surveys and Evaluation Studies


VII. Comprehensive Employment Initiatives

Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy and Center for Health Services Research and Policy at George Washington University

Supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with additional support provided by NIDRR of the US Department of Education through the RRTC on Workforce Investment and Employment Policy at the Law, Health Policy and Disability Center at the University of Iowa. (#H133B980042) 

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