by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
Michael Burt, the regional Working Healthy Benefits Specialist, will be holding a training on the Working Healthy program on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Dale Apartments community room (2016 W. 8th Street) in Coffeyville, Kansas, at 10:30 am.
This will allow people to learn about this valuable program and to find out if they are eligible and how they can sign up. “What makes the Working Healthy program unique is that it is a Medicaid buy-in, which allows people who sign up for it and are elgible for it to actually earn a wage, save more of their money, keep more of their assets, and pursue their career goals,” says SKIL Housing Director Greg York.
“Without the Working Healthy program, the most assets a person on Medicaid can have and still be eligible is $1,200,” explains York. “With this program, the amount of money a person can have in their savings is $1,500. With this program, it allows people with disabilities to see employment as an attainable goal.” The program also helps qualified individuals receive attentive care if it is needed.
“Michael Burt himself has a disability and he is living proof that employment need not be seen as an unobtainable goal,” says York.
Anyone interested in attending the training or even just learning more about the program can contact Greg York at (620) 251-4249. The training is free to the general public and refreshments will be provided.
2018 Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open!
As NCIL’s 2018 Annual Conference on Independent Living draws near, many youth with disabilities may be unsure of how they will fund a conference experience. Attending a national conference like this is hugely important in the life of a young person. Opportunities for networking with other young people and connecting with disabled mentors can enrich the experience of youth with disabilities and help them to learn that anything is possible for them and their futures.
The NCIL Youth Scholarship is here to help offset the cost of conference attendance. Local, regional, and national scholarships are available.
Instructions on how to apply and specifications regarding applicants are available at the Youth Scholarship Application Form.
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