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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

Rhode Island

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


II. What’s New and Persons to Contact

What's New
Medicaid Buy-In legislation (H 7518) has been introduced in the Rhode Island legislature which would establish a Medicaid Buy-In program. The legislation would provided for an unearned income limit at 100 % of the Federal Poverty Level for eligibility for the program. Rhode Island currently has a Medicaid Poverty level program for adults with disabilities. The program would be authorized under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and would have a 250% of poverty net income earnings limit. The resources limit would be $10,000 for an individual and $20,000 for a couple and would also provide for the disregard of retirement accounts, medical savings accounts and any other account related to enhancing the independence of the individual under rules adopted by the department.

Download text (.pdf) of the legislation

Direct link to the legislation on the Rhode Island legislature's home page:

Persons to Contact:

Elaina Goldstein
Project Director
Medicaid Infrastructure Grant
Rhode Island Department of Human Services
600 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: 401-462-6264
E-mail: egoldstein@dhs.ri.gov

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


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


VI. Emerging Implementation Policy Issues


VII. Documenting Outcomes & Performance

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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