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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

New York

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

New York implemented on July 1, 2003 the Medicaid Buy-In program adopted by the state legislature and signed by Governor Pataki on January 16, 2002.

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

The New York Medicaid Buy –In Program was implemented July 1, 2003

For a complete description of the program and related background material go to the following link to the Summer quarterly Newsletter Benefits Planner

This publication is sponsored in part by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Social Security Administration through
the NYS Department of Labor (NY Works Project), and is a collaborative publication of Cornell University's Program on Employment and
Disability and Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) of Buffalo, NY.

Persons to Contact
Margaret A. Williams
MA Specialist
New York State Department of Health
Office of Medicaid Management
One Commerce Plaza
Room 728
Albany, NY 12260
Phone (voice): 518-473-0891
Fax: 518-473-0601

III. Program Development - Past and Present

  • Executive Branch Leadership, Cross Disability Coalition Leadership and Interagency Working Groups
    Governor Pataki in his 2001 Budget supported establishment of Medicaid Buy In program.
    Link to Governor's Press Release on Health Care Initiatives including Medicaid Buy In program.
  • Initial Planning, Information Gathering and Program and Fiscal Estimates


IV. State Legislation - Adopted and Pending

Legislation enacted as sections 62-69 of Part A of Chapter 1 of the State Health Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act of 2002

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

    See Beneftis Planner newsletter link above
    Fifteen community-based organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant to assist people seeking to enroll in the Medicaid Buy-In program

    For previous copies of the Benefits Planner Newsletter go to
  • Descriptions for Consumers and Staff Training Activities


VI. Program Data and Impact

  • Medicaid Buy-In Data
  • 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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