Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Congresswoman Pelosi Calls for Expanded Options for Disabled Californians

June 22, 1998

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and 13 of her California colleagues in the House of Representatives have sent a letter (attached) urging Governor Pete Wilson to help individuals with disabilities return to work and keep their health care coverage.

"Publicly funded health care programs should provide individuals with disabilities every opportunity to return-to-work and increase their earned income without compromising their health care security," Pelosi said. "No one should have to choose between health care and employment."

Under a provision of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, more individuals with disabilities can choose to return to work or have higher earnings and still be assured of Medicaid health care coverage and services. In most cases, individuals with disabilities earning up to approximately $40,000 can now retain their Medicaid eligibility. Governor Wilson can now take advantage of the new law.

To make this extension of Medicaid eligibility possible for disabled Californians, Governor Wilson must choose to cover this new optional eligibility group under the State Medicaid program. The delegation letter, initiated by Rep. Pelosi, urges the Governor to take advantage of this new Medicaid option as soon as possible.

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