What is Healthcare for Workers with Disability (HWD)?
HWD is a program that allows people to keep their Medicaid benefits while going back to work. Enrollees pay a monthly premium that is based on income to keep those Medicaid benefits. HWD exists to encourage people with disabilities to return to work.
Am I eligible for HWD?
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) maintains a current list of the eligibility criteria. In general, you must:
- Live in Washington State.
- Be between 16 and 64 years old.
- Have monthly net income up tor 220% of the Federal Poverty Level, which equals (in 2016) $2,178 for a single person or $2,937 for a married person.
- Meet federal disability requirements.
- Be employed full- or part-time (including self-employment).
There is no resource (liquid assets) limit for this program.
HWD Benefits Include:
- Medicaid benefit package, including Medicaid personal care services.
- Greater personal and financial independence.
- Participants can earn and save more without the risk of losing their healthcare coverage.
Once approved for HWD, your premium must be paid in order to continue to qualify for the program.
Can Evergreen pay for my HWD coverage?
Yes, Evergreen can pay for your HWD premiums if you are eligible to be an Evergreen client and you are accepted into HWD.
It is important that we receive all copies of your HWD bills, as the premium can change based on your income. You can request that HWD send bills to Evergreen.
How do I apply for HWD?
- The DSHS website has detailed information about how to qualify for the program and how to apply to HWD. The DSHS phone numbers are 206-272-2169 (King County) or 1-800-871-9275(outside King County). Your case manager can help you with this process.
- Once you are accepted, submit your first HWD bill along with an application to Evergreen. Also enroll in the Early Intervention Program if you are not a current client. We will process your application and send a check to DSHS on your behalf.
Other important information about HWD
For frequently asked questions about HWD, please visit the DSHS website.