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Does My Income Affect IHSS?

Does My Income Affect IHSS?

In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a lifeline for individuals in California who require assistance with daily activities due to disability or age. While IHSS primarily focuses on the recipient's needs, questions often arise about the role of income in accessing or maintaining these essential services. This blog post aims to demystify the relationship between income and IHSS.

Understanding IHSS Eligibility:

IHSS eligibility is primarily determined by the individual's functional limitations and the need for assistance with activities of daily living. The program is designed to support those who are unable to perform essential tasks independently due to a disability or advanced age. Importantly, IHSS eligibility is not directly influenced by the recipient's income.

Financial Eligibility for Medi-Cal:

While IHSS eligibility is not income-based, it's essential to consider the connection between IHSS and Medi-Cal. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program, and many IHSS recipients are also Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Medi-Cal eligibility does consider income, and individuals with low income may qualify for this health coverage.

IHSS Share of Cost:

For those who are Medi-Cal beneficiaries, there is a concept called "Share of Cost." This represents the amount of money a person or family must pay for medical expenses before Medi-Cal covers additional costs. IHSS services are not subject to the Share of Cost requirement, ensuring that individuals receive the necessary in-home care regardless of their financial situation.

Income as a Factor for Other Programs:

While IHSS itself is not directly impacted by income, other programs and services related to disability and aging may have income-based eligibility criteria. It's crucial to explore various resources and programs that can complement IHSS services and provide additional support based on financial need.

Reporting Changes in Income for IHSS:

It's important to note that changes in income may indirectly affect other benefits or services that an individual is receiving. Therefore, if there are significant changes in your financial situation, it is advisable to notify relevant agencies promptly. Keeping your information up-to-date ensures that you receive the appropriate support and benefits.

In summary, IHSS eligibility is not contingent on income. The program focuses on providing essential in-home care services to individuals with disabilities or advanced age, emphasizing functional limitations rather than financial status. While other programs, such as Medi-Cal, may consider income, IHSS recipients benefit from the assurance that their in-home supportive services are not directly impacted by financial factors. It's crucial to stay informed about the various aspects of IHSS and related programs to make the most of the support available for those in need.

Need help? In California, the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program provides crucial financial help for families raising children with special needs. American Advocacy Group is on the front lines every day, making positive change happen for people diagnosed with autism, Down syndrome, and a range of diagnoses across the continuum. As a leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the premier provider of the support and services people want and need, we understand the system and know how to take action regarding your best interests.

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