ERIC Number: ED446398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Key Transition Issues for Youth with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions. Healthy & Ready To Work (HRTW) Policy Brief.
This paper explains recent changes in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program that affect adolescents with disabilities or chronic health problems. Changes include the SSI work incentives available to them, how they can maintain access to quality health care and benefits during their transition years, and key issues in transition planning. The first section is on maintaining health care and benefits and summarizes regulations concerning changes in SSI eligibility criteria, continued Medicaid eligibility, and the new Children's Health Insurance Program. The second section addresses SSI work incentives for adolescents and young adults. These include the Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) program, continuation of SSI eligibility despite earnings above the "substantial gainful activity" level, continuation of Medicaid eligibility after SSI eligibility is lost, impairment related work expenses, the student earned income exclusion, and transition planning opportunity points (ages 14, 16, 18, 21, and 22). The final section identifies key issues, especially the need to ensure access to health care, job training or higher education, services and supports needed to participate in the competitive job market, and income, either from disability benefits or a combination of job income and disability benefits. Other issues address rehabilitation services, service coordination, and improving work incentives. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Chronic Illness, Disabilities, Eligibility, Employment Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Health Insurance, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Special Health Problems, Transitional Programs, Vocational Rehabilitation, Young Adults
For full text: http://www.mchbhrtw.org/materials.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. for Child Health Policy.