AB-238 (Marriage Penalty Bill)
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.