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NCD Releases New Report on Social Security Disability

February 27, 2015

The National Council on Disability (NCD) released a new report in January that examines the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) programs. The report highlights the importance of Medicaid Buy-In programs for enrollees. These programs allow people with disabilities to earn income and build assets without losing health coverage. They incentivize people with disabilities to begin or increase employment by providing access to Medicaid coverage even if earnings are greater than the state’s usual eligibility limits. Access to necessary healthcare and long-term support services through Medicaid buy-in programs enables people with disabilities to take advantage of employment opportunities that do not offer a comparable health or long-term support and services benefits. In 2010, Medicaid Buy-In programs nationally had more than 175,000 enrollees. NCD’s report notes that early research shows a connection between employment and improved health outcomes for enrollees, which could further encourage participation in the workforce for people with disabilities. Read the full report on NCD’s website.