HHS Gives $2.5 Million To Five States For Employment
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 24, 2003
WASHINGTON, DC--Five states will be receiving grants of $500,000 each to help people with disabilities to find and keep work, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced Monday.
Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina will use the grants to increase services and supports to current workers, along with those who do not work but want to do so.
Many people with disabilities have worried that they would lose Medicaid or Medicare health coverage if they earn wages through work. The grants will help the five states set up systems to support implementing the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (TWWIIA). That law was passed by Congress to encourage people with disabilities to work without fear of losing their health benefits.
The states can also use the grant money for personal care assistance at home or on the job, for staff training, or to improve transportation.
The grants support the goals of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, designed to eliminate barriers that keep Americans with disabilities from participating fully in the life of their communities, according to a press statement.
"We must continue to work together to create these kinds of opportunities for people with disabilities so we can fulfill President Bush's promise to make life better for millions of Americans with disabilities who work," Secretary Thompson said.