Six years ago Heather Matty experienced a brain injury. She was told she would never work again and that she would not be able to speak at the ability she had before.
Many people with disabilities want to work but worry that doing so could jeopardize their vital health and long term care coverage. Working Healthy offers people with disabilities who are working or interested in working the opportunity to get or keep Medicaid coverage while on the job. Through Working Healthy people can earn more, save more, achieve their career goals, and still maintain their health coverage.
Heather now works through the Working Healthy program. She is the Resource Liaison for the Brain Injury association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City. Daily she shares information about resources to people who are in similar situations. She may discuss items with someone on the phone or send items in the mail. She also uses the computer for research and to email information to people as they request.
Heather switched from the TBI Waiver (Traumatic Brian Injury Waiver) in January of 2009. This enabled her to work with a co-pay of $69 a month rather than the over $500 co-pay on the TBI Waiver.
She has a goal of going to a full time position and possibly working on a Masters degree as well.
Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City
6405 Metcalf Ave, suite 302
Overland Park, KS 66202
The website for the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City is www.biaks.org
The toll free number is 1-800-444-6443 or local 913-754-8883.
Working Healthy is a Medicaid program. To qualify for this program, a person must:
Have a disability determined by Social Security;
Be no younger than 16 and no older than 64;
Have total income of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level;
Not be receiving Home and Community Based Services;
Not be living in a nursing facility; and
Have resources that are less than $15,000.
If you are interested in enrolling in Working you can enroll in a number of ways. If you already have an SRS worker, you can contact that person and ask to enroll. You can also contact the Benefits Specialist for your region, and request assistance in applying for the program. Or you may call your local SRS Office, and request an application. The application form is called an ES-3100.
For more information contact your nearest SKIL office.
Parsons Woman Helps With Tornado Relief
Parsons, KS - A Parsons woman whose family lives by the creed "A neighbor in need is a friend indeed" has been doing her part to help victims of the recent deadly storms in the area. Jeannie Ainsworth has been stationed in front of the Parsons Country Mart store the past few days, accepting donations for the relief efforts. These donations include everything from food and money to kitchen utensils and stuffed animals. Ainsworth started her work after theGreensburgtornado of last year. She said It makes her feel good to help people who really need it. She will continue to be at the Parsons Country Mart from 9:30until5:30daily to accept donations of any type or amount.
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