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The Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999

By Jeff Graham

February 2000

During the final days of the 1999 session, both houses of Congress passed landmark legislation that promises to be a tremendous benefit to people living with HIV. This legislation, titled the "Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999" directs the Social Security Administration to develop and implement new guidelines regarding how disability benefits are approved and managed. The goal of this legislation is to support those individuals who wish to either return to work, or who are currently employed, but need access to medical services to maintain their health.

The passage of this act will certainly have an impact on issues such as Georgia's ability to expand Medicaid benefits to HIV+ individuals, and must be monitored closely by our community to ensure that it is implemented as quickly and efficiently as possible. Although the full implementation of this new policy is still months away, and the details on exactly how it will impact the lives of people living with HIV are still not completely known, below is a brief overview of what this legislation hopes to accomplish.

The Act improves health care options for people with disabilities by:

The Act modernizes the employment services system by:

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