**All 12 DSS Field Offices are now available for pick-up and drop-off of applications/forms; filling out applications/forms on-site; general information; questions & answers; and picking up of EBT cards & income verifications. Lobby hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Drop-boxes are also available.  Please note:  no in-person assistance such as interviewing and eligibility determination available yet, due to pandemic safety guidelines.  Visitors, please wear masks and observe safe social distancing.  For office locations, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices .

 **Response time at our telephone Benefits Center (1-855-6-CONNECT) is currently longer than usual.  Thank you for your patience.

 **24/7 access:  Customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. Full information on ways to contact DSS online, by phone, by mail, and at office dropboxes is at www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Information and updates about child support is available at www.ct.gov/dss/childsupport. Please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates; and www.ct.gov/dss/covid for DSS-specific updates. Thank you.

 

Med-Connect (Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities)

Eligibility

Medicaid for Employees with Disabilities (MED-Connect or S05) is a program for those individuals who have a medically certified disability or blindness and are working for pay. 

 

Income Guidelines 2020

Enrollees can have income up to $75,000 per year, and qualify for full Medicaid/HUSKY Health coverage. Some or all the income must be from employment earnings. Only the applicant’s income counts to determine program eligibility.*

 

Asset Guidelines 2020

Countable asset limit of $10,000 for an individual and $15,000 for a couple.

 

Additional Requirement for Medically Improved Group

Persons who have lost disability status with the Social Security Administration, but still have a severe medical impairment can continue to receive Medicaid under MED-Connect if they meet the minimum earnings criteria. Must be earning at least 40 times the federal hourly minimum wage, currently set at $7.25 (cannot exceed $6,250 per month total countable income).

 

Premiums

Med-Connect beneficiaries may have to pay monthly premiums.  *Spouse’s income counted when determining monthly premium amounts. Household size affects premiums.

If countable income is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) no premium cost

If countable income is over 200% FPL the premium cost is based on 10% of income above the limit. There is an exception for individuals whose net family income is between 250% and 450% of the FPL.  These individuals pay a maximum of 7.5% of their net family income.

Federal Poverty Level 2020:

Individual = $2127 monthly                 Couple = $2873 monthly

 

Premium Example:  If you are single and your monthly income is $3127, your income is above the 200% FPL amount of $2127. Take $3127 minus $2127 equals $1000.  You exceed 200% FPL (the free premium limit) by $1000. The premium is 10% of this excess amount.  The 10% of $1000=$10 (.10 x 100). Your monthly premium is $100.

If required to pay premiums and you do not pay the minimum due, you will lose coverage under Med-Connect Medicaid. Any unpaid premium balance must be paid to get back on Med-Connect coverage, even if you meet all the other Med-Connect group criteria.