Working Disabled

Section 4733 of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 created an optional coverage group for working disabled individuals with family income below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). This provision enabled states to provide the full range of Medicaid services to working disabled individuals with relatively high income. South Carolina adopted this option in its 1998 Appropriations Act. The South Carolina Medicaid program began covering these individuals effective October 1, 1998.


A person who may qualify for the Working Disabled program must:

  • Be under age 65
  • Be totally and permanently disabled according to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) definition of disability
  • Be a South Carolina resident
  • Be a United States citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Have a Social Security number or verify one has been applied for
  • Assign rights to medical support
  • Be working--have earned income

Financial Criteria

The income eligibility determination is a two-step process.

1. The first step determines if the family's total net income, after certain deductions, is at or must be less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level for a family of that size.

2. The second step determines if the individual's unearned income is equal to or less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level for an individual.

The applicant's countable resources must be below the $ 9,090 ABD resource limit for an individual.

Income Limit: 
Family Size Monthly Income (Eff. 03/01/2023) Annual Income (Eff. 03/01/2023)
1 3,038.00 36,450.00
2 4,109.00 49,300.00
3 5,180.00 62,150.00
4 6,250.00 75,000.00
5 7,321.00 87,850.00
6 8,392.00 100,700.00
7 9,463.00 113,550.00
8 10,534.00 126,400.00
Each Additional Member 984.00 12,850.00

For family sizes over 8, add the amount shown for each additional person to income limit for 8.

If applicant's household meets income requirement of 250% FPL, it must also be determined whether the applicant has unearned income equal to or less than 100% FPL.

Applicant’s Unearned Income (Eff. 03/01/2023)  
Monthly Income Annual Income
$1,215 $13,590

Individuals who meet these requirements are eligible for the full range of Medicaid covered services.

To Apply: 

Apply online  or complete the following form(s) and submit it electronically to , by mail to SCDHHS-Central Mail, P.O. Box 100101, Columbia, SC 29202-3101 or to your local county office.

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