Aug 17 2009

AB-238 (Marriage Penalty Bill)

Posted by DAWN at 9:34 AM
- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Website Updates

The Assembly Committee on Children and Families will hold a public hearing on AB-238, otherwise known as the Marriage Penalty Bill.  The hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at 10:00 AM, in room 400 Northeast of the State Capitol.

This bill would let people on Medicaid (MA) who are totally and permanently disabled continue Medicaid coverage after they get married. The bill directs the Department of Health Services (DHS) to seek a federal waiver to let DHS disregard the income and assets of the spouse when determining eligibility for MA.  A similar bill was introduced last session and supported by various disability organizations; however it didn’t get out of committee. For more information about AB-238 got to the DAWN web site.


Debra Guenterberg

Debra Guenterberg wrote on 09/10/09 3:12 PM

What happened at this public hearing on AB-238 the Marriage Penalty Bill? My husband has been disabled from a work injury in 1997 at the age of 33. I became disabled from a medical condition. I had to wait 2 years before I qualified for Medicare. We are both disabled and have learned to live on less but cannot afford to both pay the Medicare premiums and co-pays, supplemental insurance, etc. If we divorce, I would qualify to have my Part B Premiums paid for by Medicare since I met the low income requirements. I declined Medicare Part B and will now have to pay a 10% penalty for every year I decline Medicare. So it looks like divorce court for us. So much for our government caring about National Health Care Reform. Everyone will be forced to pay premiums that our government believes we can afford. The government will use the Federal poverty guidelines and not what we are all paying for living expenses. so, the government will track us down and make us pay!

DAWN wrote on 09/15/09 9:16 AM

No further action has happened with this bill. It remains in Committee.
For further updates on the bill you can track it’s progress here:

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