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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 02-53



Implementation of the Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities Program

[32 Pa.B. 289]

   The purpose of this notice is to provide prior public notice of the Department of Public Welfare's (Department) intent to publish proposed regulations and implement the Medical Assistance Workers with Disabilities Program effective January 1, 2002. The proposed regulations will amend 55 Pa. Code Chapter 140 (relating to special MA eligibility provisions).

   The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P. L. 106-170) amended Title XIX of the Social Security Act, section 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii), 42 U.S.C.A. § 1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii). This amendment provides the option to expand the State's Medicaid program to allow working individuals with disabilities and working individuals with medically improved disabilities who meet the income and resource requirements to receive Medicaid. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria will pay a monthly premium of 5% of their monthly income after allowable deductions. The Commonwealth is implementing this option under Act 2001-77 of June 26, 2001 (P. L. 755) known as The Tobacco Settlement Act.

   Public comments to this notice may be made by writing to Edward J. Zogby, Director, Bureau of Policy, Office of Income Maintenance, Room 431, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17105.

   Persons with a disability may use the AT&T Relay Service by calling (800) 654-5984 (TDD users) or (800) 654-5988 (voice users).


   Fiscal Note:  14-NOT-314. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption. Program costs to be funded by the Tobacco Settlement Fund--Medical Care for Workers with Disabilities appropriation.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-53. Filed for public inspection January 11, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]

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