|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Representatives Botzow of Pownal, Bissonnette of Winooski, Donahue of Northfield, Fisher of Lincoln, French of Randolph, Johnson of South Hero, Keenan of St. Albans City, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Malcolm of Pawlet, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury and Orr of Charlotte
Subject: Health care; health insurance; disabilities; employment
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to expand incentives for access to employment and Medicaid for Vermonters with disabilities.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE WORKING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TASK FORCE
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. WORKING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TASK FORCE
(a) In order to promote greater employment opportunities and ensure access to health coverage for Vermonters with disabilities, the secretary of human services shall convene a task force to determine the impact of the state’s limits on assets and household income on the ability of employed individuals to access Vermont’s Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities benefit.
(b) Members of the task force shall include representatives from the vocational rehabilitation division of the department of disabilities, aging, and independent living; the office of Vermont health access; the economic services division of the department for children and families; and the Vermont Center for Independent Living.
(c) The task force shall review available data on the health insurance status of employed individuals with disabilities to determine whether their ability to access needed health coverage or retain employment has been affected by the state’s current asset and income limits. The task force shall also consider the effect of spousal income on these individuals’ access to health care.
(d) The task force shall report to the senate committee on health and welfare and the house committees on health care and on human services by January 1, 2009 regarding its findings, any administrative barriers to collecting information, its recommendations for changes to the asset and income limits, if any, and viable outreach strategies for increasing awareness of the Medicaid for Working People with Disabilities program and other work incentives.
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