Workers with Disabilities
This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Workers with Disabilities in Pennsylvania.
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Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on two programs that provides medical assistance to disabled workers, including what it takes to qualify for assistance under each of the programs. (May 2015)
Information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project on the MAWD (Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities) Program which allows qualified persons to purchase Medical Assistance if their income does not exceed 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. [PDF]
This video from Pennsylvania Health Law Project provides information on the Medical Assistance Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) program which provides low-cost health insurance to people who are disabled and working.
MAWD or Marketplace? - What Pennsylvanians with Disabilities Need to Know About Choosing Health Insurance Coverage
Information on the selection of medical insurance by persons eligible for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD). Today, people with serious health issues and persons with disabilities who are working or may be able to work, can choose between Marketplace health insurance and MAWD. Includes eligibility requirements for each program, how to apply and highlights factors to consider when choosing coverage.
Information from the Pennsylvania Health Law Project about how to qualify for Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (also called “MAWD”), a state health insurance program for individuals who have chronic health problems and are working. (December 2019)
MAWD is Medical Assistance for people working with disabilities. For a low monthly premium you may see savings on out-of-pocket costs for doctor visits, durable medical equipment, prescription drugs, emergency care, mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, hospital stays, rehabilitation services, and medical transportation services. (October 2018)
Find answers to questions about employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act in this A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment from the U.S. Department of Justice. Webpage and PDF Version. (October 2000)
Information from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act which make it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability.
Information on Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD) from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. MAWD lets Pennsylvanians with disabilities take a fulfilling job, earn more money and still keep their full medical coverage. With MAWD you can keep Medical Assistance while you work, even if your earnings increase above the limits for other Medical Assistance programs.
Information from the Social Security Administration regarding how workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security Disability Benefits. [PDF] (December 2021)
Large collection of publications providing information on the various programs such as: disability benefits, appeal process, benefits for people with HIV, how workmans' compensation can affect your disability benefits, children with disabilities, info on receiving your payments, benefits for those who are blind or have low vision, details on ticket to work incentives, info on working while disabled, retirement benefits, government pension offset, medicare, windfall provision, survivors benefits, SSI, SSI for non-citizens, food stamps and other nutrition progams, protecting your on social security numbers, and more. Many publications available in Spanish.
This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides an overview of the various kinds of disability benefits available through the Social Security Administration. This booklet will tell you who may get benefits, how to apply and what you need to know once benefits start. [PDF]
This booklet from the Social Security Administration provides information for people who are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work. It provides an overview of the various work incentive rules and answers many related questions. [PDF] (January 2022)
Information from the Social Security Administration regarding the Ticket To Work Program and how more Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to participate in the workforce and lessen their dependence on public benefits. Some of the work incentives allow you to keep some Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits, and your Medicaid or Medicare, while you transition to the workplace. (July 2020) [PDF]
Link to the website of the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). The OVR provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.
Information from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding employment discrimination. [PDF] (February 2018)
Publications about disability and employment from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania.
Listing of Assistive Technology Publications available from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania.
Information from the Disability Rights Pennsylvania on the use of assistive technology for persons with brain injury. [PDF] (January 2018)
Information from Disability Rights Pennsylvania on resources available to pay for assistive technology. [PDF]
This manual from Disability Rights Pennsylvania will explain your rights when Medical Assistance, including your Medical Assistance managed health care plan, denies prior authorization or denies a program exception. This includes an approval of something less or different than what your doctor prescribed. [PDF] (January 2018)
List of Publications from the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. The Bazelon Center produces reports, issue papers, and manuals that analyze major federal laws, policies, and regulations that affect access to services and the rights of people with mental disabilities.