PED’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
and the New Mexico Human Service Department’s Medical Assistance
Division Collaborate on Grant for Medicaid Work Incentive Program
(Santa Fe, NM)— Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services awarded the Medical Assistance Division of the New Mexico
Human Services Department with new funding through a Medicaid Infrastructure
Grant. Over $3.4 million was awarded over four years beginning in
2005. The new grant award is the result of a collaborative effort
between the New Mexico Human Service Department’s Medical Assistance
Division and Public Education Department’s Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation. The grant will enable people with disabilities to
maintain medical benefits while working.
The grant will be used to improve employment opportunities for New
Mexico residents with disabilities through the Medicaid buy-in program,
Working Disabled Individuals (WDI) Medicaid.
WDI Medicaid, a Medicaid category that began in 2001, serves as a
valuable employment incentive for people with disabilities that might
otherwise be unable to work. The program provides Medical benefits
to eligible recipients with disabilities who are employed. Most participants
contribute co-pays for medical services under the plan. Continued
eligibility is linked to maintaining employment. It is designed as
a step toward on-going employment and increased independence of people
with disabilities from state and federal benefit programs.
The grant will aid these agencies in strengthening partnerships with
consumers, employers and other state agencies toward making best use
of WDI Medicaid as an integral part of New Mexico’s overall
service and support for employment of people with disabilities.
For more information contact John Fullinwider at (505) 954-8573 or