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Some Minnesotans with disabilities have been able to maintain safety-net supports while working through Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD). However, both the high MA-EPD premiums and low asset limits contribute to people remaining in poverty and create disincentives to work. People who have disabilities should be able to earn money, build and keep assets, and invest in their futures without fear of losing health care, benefits, supports, and services.
Eliminating asset limits, shifting the income-based premium schedule to a fair structure, and providing more opportunities to maintain benefits will remove barriers to building and maintaining financial stability, and help people with disabilities to get out of poverty. This will impact all of society, because once all people are able to earn money and financially prosper, everyone will benefit.