The first $2,000 received in a calendar year by an individual (or their spouse) for participating in a clinical trial involving testing of treatments for a rare disease or condition is exempt as income when determining eligibility for AABD medical benefits.
The person participating in the clinical trial must be at least 19 years old. For the income to be exempt the clinical trial must:
Request documentation that the clinical trial meets the requirements listed above when a person reports that income is received as compensation for participating in a clinical trial involving a rare disease or condition.
Every Dollar Counts (EDC) is a research project being conducted by the University of Chicago Poverty Lab and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. Participants in the Every Dollar Counts Research Project will receive either $50 or $1000 a month. The income is Exempt unearned income for up to 60 months when determining AABD cash eligibility.
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