2021 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 63. Public Health and Safety
§63-5000.24. Medicaid Buy-In Program.

A. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, following directives of and upon approval of the Health Care Financing Administration, is directed to implement a Medicaid Buy-In Program for persons with disabilities, if funds become available. Components of such program shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Allowing individuals with disabilities who are sixteen (16) years of age and over, but under sixty-five (65) years of age, and who, except for earned income, would be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, regardless of whether they have ever received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cash benefits, the option of purchasing Medicaid coverage that will enable individuals with disabilities to gain and/or maintain employment and reduce their dependency on existing cash benefit programs;

2. Removing work disincentives that inhibit individuals with disabilities from engaging in work that is commensurate with their abilities and capabilities;

3. Developing an infrastructure within and outside state government that supports efforts to enhance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities; and

4. Ensuring meaningful input in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures developed under such program by individuals with disabilities and other interested parties.

B. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board shall promulgate any rules necessary to implement provisions of the Oklahoma Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act regarding the Medicaid Buy-In Program.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 365, § 3, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001.

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