Additional Help WIth Health Care For Persons with Disabilities

Medicaid Buy-In for Working Persons with Disabilities

How does it help you?

Your state may allow you to buy Medicaid if you are disabled and no longer entitled to free Medicaid because you returned to work.

How do you qualify?

You may qualify if you:

  • Meet the definition of “disabled” under the Social Security Act; and
  • Would be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments if it were not for your earnings.

If you are not an SSI recipient, your state decides if you are disabled. Your state will not consider whether you are working when it makes that decision.

How can you get more information?

Contact your state Medical Assistance office. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to get their telephone number. (TTY users call 1-877-486-2048.) Ask about the Medicaid buy-in program.

Help with Medicare Part A Premiums

How does it help you?

If you are under age 65, disabled, and no longer entitled to free Medicare Hospital Insurance Part A because you successfully returned to work, you may be eligible for a program that helps pay your Medicare Part A monthly premium.

How do you qualify?

To be eligible for this help, you must:

  • Continue to have a disabling impairment; and
  • Sign up for Premium Hospital Insurance (Part A); and
  • Have limited income; and
  • Have limited resources; and
  • Not already be eligible for Medicaid.

For more information

To find out more about this program, contact your state Medical Assistance office. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to get their telephone number. (TTY users call 1-877-486-2048.) Ask about Medicare for Qualified Disabled and Working Persons.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Need health insurance or know someone who does? Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more Americans now qualify to get coverage that fits their needs and budgets. Visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to get more information. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call TTY 1-855-889-4325. Please note, Medicare is not part of the Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you do not have to replace your Medicare coverage with Marketplace coverage.