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MSA BASIS - DISABLED AGE 18 AND OLDER

ISSUE DATE: 10/2012

MFIP, WB, DWP, SNAP, GA, GRH:
No provisions.


MSA:

People have a basis of eligibility for MSA if they are disabled, age 18 or older, AND are SSI recipients or would be eligible for SSI benefits EXCEPT for excess income. Disabled means the inability to work and support oneself because of a permanent and total physical or mental impairment.

Non-SSI participants (due to excess income) who are age 65 or older, and disabled or blind, may choose their MSA basis of eligibility. The basis may affect the disregards allowed from actual earned income. Help the client decide which eligibility basis is most advantageous. See 0013.09.03 (MSA Basis - Age 65 or Older), 0013.09.06 (MSA Basis - Blind), 0018 (Determining Net Income).


Consider people disabled if:

They receive or have been awarded RSDI or SSI based on their disability.

OR

They are ineligible for SSI because of income and are certified as disabled by the State Medical Review Team (SMRT). See 0012.15 (Incapacity and Disability Determinations), 0012.15.06 (State Medical Review Team (SMRT)).


Some people may be eligible for GA while they are awaiting a Social Security Administration (SSA) or SMRT decision regarding their disability status. See 0012.12 (Applying for Other Benefits), 0012.12.03 (Interim Assistance Agreements), 0012.12.06 (Special Services - Applying for SSI), 0013.15 (GA Bases of Eligibility), 0013.15.27 (GA Basis, SSD/SSI Application/Appeal Pending).

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