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Social Security Work Incentives SSI and Medicaid

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NC DIVISION OF SERVICES FOR THE BLIND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION


Section:

S

Title:

Social Security Work Incentives SSI and Medicaid

Current Effective Date:

02/08

Revision History:

Revised 08/05; 12/06


In most cases, if a Supplementary Security Income (SSI) recipient is disabled or blind, regardless of age, and has Medicaid before going to work, Medicaid will continue while the individual works as long as the disabling condition still exists. Also, in most cases, a SSI recipient can keep Medicaid benefits even if earnings are too much to receive a monthly SSI benefit as long as:

The amount an individual can earn and still receive Medicaid varies from State to State. Social Security Administration (SSA) can advise what that amount is by contact with a local SSA office.

In 2008, the threshold amount for North Carolina was $31,474; however, if earnings are higher than this amount, but the recipient has special work expenses Blind Work Expenses (BWE), Impairment Related Work Expenses (IRWE) or medical expenses, coverage could continue as determined by the Social Security Administration.

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