On October 1, 2000, the Connecticut Department of Social Services implemented a new program called the Medicaid for the Employed Disabled program, to help people with significant disabilities keep their Medicaid (Title XIX) benefits while they work.
How can the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services assist me with work and Medicaid coverage?
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) provides vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities who need assistance to prepare for, find or keep a job. BRS counselors can help you understand how, under Connecticuts new Medicaid program, you may be employed and still qualify for Medicaid coverage.
Your BRS Employment Plan will identify your unique employment-related needs, and may include such services as:
How can benefits counseling help me to go to work and also receive Medicaid?
Before you go to work or increase your earnings, you should know how this will impact your benefits. BRS can assist you with individualized benefits planning and counseling. The new Medicaid program may allow you to improve your financial situation by going to work or increasing your earnings, while maintaining needed medical and personal assistance services.
How do I know if I am eligible for the Medicaid for the Employed Disabled program?
If I go on the Medicaid for the Employed Disabled program, what services can I receive?
Persons eligible for Medicaid under this program receive all regular Medicaid services. Some individuals also may be eligible for personal assistance services.
Is there a cost to me to obtain this Medicaid coverage?
Eligible individuals may be charged a premium depending on income level.
Can I receive Medicaid if I become disabled while I am employed?
You need not lose your job because you become disabled. If you meet the disability and income/asset criteria, you would be eligible for Medicaid.
What if I lose my job after I go on the Medicaid for the Employed Disabled program?
If this happens, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services will provide services to assist you to return to work.
People receiving benefits under this program who temporarily lose employment may continue their Medicaid eligibility for up to one year, if:
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services is here to help you with employment!
During 1999-2000, BRS helped more than 1,700 people get and/or keep jobs, with average earnings of $10.51 per hour.
If your ability to work is being impacted by a disability, contact the nearest BRS district office (see back panel).
To reach the
Bridgeport: (203) 551-5500
Hartford: (860) 723-1400
New Haven: (203) 974-3000
Norwich: (860) 887-3546
Waterbury: (203) 578-4550
All numbers are TDD-equipped.
In compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act,
The Department of Social Services is an Equal
State of Connecticut
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Content Last Modified on 10/27/2005 5:18:42 PM