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Family and Social Services Administration

Eligibility Eligibility

To be eligible for M.E.D. Works, you must:

  • Meet Indiana’s definition of disability (a physical or mental impairment verifiable by a physician that is expected to last 12 months or result in death; individuals whose primary disability with Medicaid is blindness are not eligible for M.E.D. Works),
  • Be working (you must be able to verify your work through paycheck stubs, or income tax documents or other documents) and you must pay FICA taxes,
  • Be between the ages of 16-64;
  • Have countable income that does not exceed 350% of the Federal Poverty Level. Medicaid will disregard some income when determining eligibility for M.E.D. Works, using a Countable Income Formula.
  • Meet the M.E.D. Works Resource Limits.

The countable income formula for M.E.D. Works is a formula to determine how people will be eligible for the program. The following are some of the things disregarded in the Countable Income Formula:

  • Infrequent or irregular income (up to $20 in a calendar quarter)
  • General Income Disregard of $15.50
  • Earned Income Disregard of $65.00
  • Impairment-Related Work Expenses
  • Tax Refunds
  • Grants or scholarships allowed by federal law
  • Income of the spouse or parents of the M.E.D. Works applicant

After the Countable Income Formula is completed, your income will be compared with the Federal Poverty Level. If your income is less than 350% of the Federal Poverty Level, you will be eligible for M.E.D. Works, as long as you meet the resource guidelines.

The resource limits for M.E.D. Works are $2000 for individual and $3000 for a married couple. The resource limits are similar to those of the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. In general, resources that are excluded are:

  • A car (if you use it to drive to work or medical appointments)
  • A home (if it is where you live).
  • Burial spaces
  • Retirement savings held by you or your spouse

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This site is intended for informational purposes only. Individual situations vary widely and must be evaluated on an individual basis by Division of Family Resources eligible caseworkers, or Social Security Claims Representatives and/or Indiana Works benefits counselors. Links from this site are provided to help people research various topics and do not constitute endorsements by the State of Indiana or its partners.