SS/SB 699 - The Ticket to Work Health Assurance Program provides medical assistance through MO HealthNet for employed disabled persons who meet certain qualifications, including asset limits and earned, net, and gross income calculations. Under current law, disabled individuals whose income exceeds one hundred percent of the federal poverty level pay a premium for participation in the program. If an eligible person's employer offers employer-sponsored health insurance and the Department of Social Services determines the employer-sponsored insurance is more cost effective, the department will instead pay that person's costs for the employer-sponsored health insurance.
This act changes the program in the following ways: (1) excludes retirement accounts from asset limit calculations; (2) modifies the income calculation from a net/gross calculation to a broader definition that would consider income for those disabled persons with incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level, with earned income of the disabled worker from 250 to 300% FPL disregarded and retaining the requirement that persons with incomes over 100% of the federal poverty level pay a premium; (3) disregards the first $50,000 of earned income of a spouse from income calculations; (4) if the Department elects to pay the person's costs of employer-sponsored health insurance, MO HealthNet assistance shall be provided as a secondary or supplemental policy for only personal care assistance services and nonemergency medical transportation; (5) the Department shall provide an annual report to the General Assembly concerning the number of participants and outreach and education efforts; and (6) the expiration provision for the program of August 28, 2019, has been changed to August 28, 2021.
This act is similar to HB 1527 (2018), SCS/SB 203 (2017), and SB 925 (2016).