Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Financial Implications of Half- and Full-Time Employment for Persons with Disabilities: A Response to Schloss, Wolf, and Schloss

Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Financial Implications of Half- and Full-Time Employment for Persons with Disabilities: A Response to Schloss, Wolf, and Schloss

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Financial Implications on Half-and Full-Time Employment for Persons with Disabilities: A Response to Schloss, Wolf, and Schloss

I read with a great deal of concern the Schloss, Wolf, and Schloss article, "Financial Implications of Half- and Full-Time Employment for Persons with Disabilities" in the November 1987 issue of Exceptional Children (pp. 272-276). The analysis is faulty in at least one major respect--the treatment of Medicaid at the full-time employment level. The authors state that at the full-time employment level, "This individual is no longer eligible for SSI, Food Stamps, or Medicaid" (p. 274).

Recent amendments to the Social Security Act (P.L. 99-643) made two demonstration provisions of the act permanent effective July 1, 1987. The second of these provisions, known commonly as 1619(b), "protects Medicaid benefits wen earnings are too high for cash payments but not high enough to offset the loss of Medicaid" (A Summary Guide to Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Work Incentives for the Disabled and Blind, Social Security Administration, July 1987, pp. 45-49).

In conversations with representatives of the Social Security Administration, the threshold for even checking whether "earnings are too high" is over $14,000 per year. As a result, Figure 3 should be amended to retain Medicaid, thus reducing the Medical Insurance cost to "0."

In a telephone check with the Internal Revenue Service, I learned that the federal income tax figures were incorrect. …

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