Government Benefits

Applying for government benefits to support your family member can be a long, overwhelming and confusing process. Everyone’s experiences are different and every family has a different set of circumstances that can affect the type and amount of support someone will receive. Protected Tomorrows has created presentations that will inform you about government benefits, walk you through the application process, and provide you with tips to make your experience go more smoothly.

Once your family member has been approved and is receiving government benefits, maintaining the benefits requires accurate, consistent and timely reporting to the government office overseeing that support service. Protected Tomorrows has included presentations that help you maintain the benefits and understand your obligations for reporting and tracking information for the person receiving benefits.

Before you initiate any application for government benefits, it is beneficial to understand where the money comes from to fund the important programs that support people with disabilities. Please watch this free presentation, Government Benefits Overview, giving you a head start.

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Social Security Income – SSI

SSI Redetermination/Financial Review

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Social Security periodically conducts a financial and disability review to determine if any changes have occurred that would impact eligibility for SSI. This presentation provides background, required, documentation and special circumstances that allow you to complete the review process.


SSI  Application & Interview

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This video instruction will give you a summary of SSI as well as how to do the application and what to expect during the process in applying.


SSI  Application & Interview Follow Up

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Monthly Pay Reporting

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The goal behind the government providing SSI (Supplemental Security Income) is to ensure basic needs of food and housing to people with disabilities. All income from a person’s work activity must be regularly reported to Social Security. Since the person with disabilities is able to meet some of their basic needs through work, Social Security will reduce the amount of the income benefit.  This tutorial will review how to report pay, and how benefits are affected when a disabled person has income from work activity.


Annual Representative Payee Report

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Social Security has recognized you as the Representative Payee for a person with disabilities.This means you are responsible for assuring the government benefit provided, is being used for the basic needs and sole benefit of the person with disabilities. Each year, the Representative Payee must complete a report indicating how the money was used.


Work Activity Report

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Social Security wants to know the work activity of someone collecting SSI benefits.  Income earned through work activity impacts the amount of SSI benefit a person receives and may indicate that the person is eligible to collect SSDI benefits on their own work record. Submission of work activity was part of the initial process for applying for SSI. Subsequently, the Work Activity Report is required annually and when any changes in work activity occur.




Medicaid Application

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Once a person with disabilities is approved for Supplemental Security Income benefits, (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance, (SSDI), they are eligible to apply for Medicaid.  In the State of Illinois, applying for Medicaid because of disability is a separate process, done after someone is approved for SSI/SSDI benefits.  The following presentation provides an explanation of the possible benefits and programs available through Medicaid and how to apply.


 SNAP Application

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Medicaid and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits can now be applied for on the same initial Medicaid application. If you already have Medicaid and but have never applied for SNAP, this presentation will walk you through the application process and help you determine the SNAP benefits you might be eligible for.


Medicaid/SNAP Redetermination

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Once someone is approved for Medical and SNAP benefits, periodically, Medicaid will contact you for information to “re-determine” your eligibility to continue to receive these benefits or are eligible for a different Medicaid Program. This presentation will explain what to do when you receive a notice of Redetermination in the mail and provide you with a list of the documentation you will need to provide.

Monthly Medicaid Eligibility Check

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Once a person has applied for and been approved for Medicaid, it is advisable to take proactive measure to ensure that Medicaid does not get interrupted causing a loss of program or benefits.



Disabled Adult Child (DAC)

DAC Application

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A disabled adult who has been deemed to be disabled before the age of 22, is eligible to receive Social Security benefits off a parent’s work record who is disabled, deceased, or collecting Social Security retirement benefits.  Disabled Adult Child benefits (DAC) may offer more benefits to the person with disabilities than they are receiving from SSI or SSDI or a combination of both, off their own work record.  The following presentation describes how the Social Security work record of parents of an adult disabled child, can positively impact the benefits the adult child is receiving.


Medicare Savings Extra Help Program

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