(St. Paul, MN) Legislation authored by Senator Chris Eaton (DFL – Brooklyn Center) that would decrease premiums for Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) unanimously passed the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee this week. MA-EPD is a program that provides persons with disabilities Medical Assistance (MA) coverage without the asset and income limitations of traditional MA.
MA-EPD allows employed persons with disabilities to still keep MA coverage, even though they can earn income and build more assets. Additionally, MA-EPD pays for the same services that standard MA covers, including doctor visits, hospital stays, home care services, medical equipment, and mental health services.
Sen. Eaton’s legislation is in response to a premium increase in MA-EPD that went into effect Oct. 1, 2014. The minimum monthly premium increased to $65 per month, with some people having to pay more of their monthly unearned income as an additional fee; Sen. Eaton’s bill would decrease the minimum premium from $65 to $35 and returns the additional fee on unearned income to one-half of one percent.
“People on MA-EPD don’t allow a disability to hinder their ability and desire to work and contribute to their communities,” said Sen. Eaton. “To increase a premium on a person trying to live and maintain his or her life is wrong, which is why I’ve authored this legislation to decrease the cost.”
Senate File 238 was referred from HHSH to Finance Committee.
For more information, Sen. Eaton’s office can be contacted at 651.296.8869 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.