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Description of New Jersey's WorkAbility program, providing benefits to working New Jersey residents with disabilities.

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NJ WorkAbility

  1. 1. NJ WorkAbility Health Coverage that works with you
  2. 2. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES Who Do We Serve? <ul><li>People of ALL ages, with ANY disability, seeking information and referral or assistance negotiating the human services system. </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals with adult onset disabilities (Spinal Cord Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Stroke, etc.) for whom there is no state government agency who serve them. </li></ul><ul><li>Professionals, advocates, legislators, family members and friends of individuals with disabilities. </li></ul>
  3. 3. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES <ul><ul><li>William A. B. Ditto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cynthia Mapp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CES Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NJ WorkAbility </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES Major Responsibilities <ul><li>Information & Referral Services </li></ul><ul><li>Certified I & R Specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Traumatic Brain Injury Fund </li></ul><ul><li>Brain Injury Related Services & Supports </li></ul><ul><li>Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Brain Injury Related Services </li></ul><ul><li>AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP) Waiver </li></ul>
  5. 5. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES Major Responsibilities <ul><li>Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD) Waiver </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals meeting specific clinical criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Medicaid Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Services </li></ul><ul><li>CES Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Medicaid Buy In Program/ NJ WorkAbility </li></ul>
  6. 6. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES Major Responsibilities <ul><li>Personal Assistance Services Program (PASP) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Preference: New Jersey Cash & Counseling Program </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Health & Wellness Initiatives </li></ul>
  7. 7. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES Major Responsibilities <ul><li>New Jersey Modular Ramps Project </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey Housing Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li>Information on accessible & affordable housing </li></ul>
  8. 8. NJ WorkAbility Program Setting the Stage <ul><ul><li>New Jersey Unemployment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(2000 Census) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New Jersey total - 222,200 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. average - 145,820 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. average among people with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>disabilities - 70% </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>NJWorkAbility Program </li></ul><ul><li>Setting the Stage </li></ul><ul><li>Governor & Legislature Appropriate $750,000 in state funds </li></ul><ul><li>for SFY ‘01 (6/2000 - 6/2001). Federal Title XIX Match was </li></ul><ul><li>$750,000. State Legislation Enacted (A-2606/S-1474) on </li></ul><ul><li>9/11/2000 and becomes Public Law 2000, Chapter 16 </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Human Services convenes work group of </li></ul><ul><li>consumers, providers, state agencies, advocates and </li></ul><ul><li>Medicaid officials to determine eligibility guidelines and </li></ul><ul><li>policy </li></ul><ul><li>New Jersey receives Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) </li></ul><ul><li>NJWorkAbility is a joint project with DDS & DMAHS </li></ul>
  10. 10. Eligibility Requirements <ul><li>Age </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 16 through 64 </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Status </li></ul><ul><li>Must be currently employed full or part time or be self employed </li></ul><ul><li>Disability Information </li></ul><ul><li>Must be determined to have a permanent disability by Social Security or Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) Disability Review Team </li></ul>
  11. 11. Income Guidelines (as of 2/09) <ul><ul><li>Earned Income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>250% FPL (Federal Poverty Level) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual Coverage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 54,948 per year or $ 4,579 per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Couples (Both Eligible) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 73,644 per year or $ 6,137 per month </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Income Guidelines (as of 2/09) <ul><ul><li>Unearned Income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100% of Federal Poverty Level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 903 per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$ 1,215 per month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for eligible couples </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Income Guidelines <ul><ul><li>Disregarded Income </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Security Disability Benefits received by an individual on their own account are disregarded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Railroad Retirement System Benefits received by an individual on their own account are disregarded </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Asset Requirements Individuals must have less than $20,000 Married couples must have less than $30,000 Assets not included: IRA/401K account funds Value of home Value of vehicle
  15. 15. New Jersey Medicaid Coverage Services include but are not limited to: <ul><li>Doctor </li></ul><ul><li>Dentist </li></ul><ul><li>Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Care Assistant Services </li></ul><ul><li>Podiatry </li></ul><ul><li>Laboratory Services </li></ul><ul><li>Out Patient Psychology Service </li></ul><ul><li>Home Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Surgery Medical Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing Facility </li></ul><ul><li>Occupational Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Prescription Drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatry </li></ul><ul><li>Durable Medical Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Eye Glasses </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing Aides </li></ul><ul><li>Dentures </li></ul><ul><li>Speech Therapy </li></ul>
  16. 16. DDS Contacts <ul><ul><li>Division of Disability Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Jersey Department of Human Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P.O. Box 700 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trenton, NJ 08625-0700 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Telephone 1-888-285-3036 </li></ul><ul><li>Main (609) 292-7800 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax (609) 292-1233 </li></ul><ul><li>TTY (609) 292-1210 </li></ul>
  17. 17. How does it work? Initial screening through DDS 1-888-285-3036 or TO APPLY Go to your County Board of Social Services
  18. 18. DIVISION OF DISABILITY SERVICES <ul><ul><li>NJ WorkAbility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Coverage that works with you </li></ul></ul>