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Government Benefits

We provide assistance in getting, keeping, and using government benefits and public assistance such as SNAP (food stamps), SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other health insurances.

How To Get Help

Call our Access to Benefits helpline 888-663-6880 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Important Things To Know

If you are having problems getting or keeping your HRA cash assistance, we may be able to help.

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If you need health insurance or have been denied access to medication or services by your Medicaid plan, we may be able to help.

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If you have received a notice about a Social Security overpayment, we may be able to help.

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Terms You Might Hear

The justice system can be overwhelming. Get familiar with some legal terms and acronyms you might hear like appeal, adjournment, petition, jurisdiction, deposition, and affidavit.

  • Appeal – When either a plaintiff or defendant (sometimes both) asks a higher court to consider a lower court judge's decision.
  • Attorney – A person admitted to practice law and authorized to perform criminal and civil legal functions on behalf of clients.
  • Evidence – A form of proof or probative matter legally presented at the trial of an issue by the acts of the parties and through witnesses, records, documents, concrete objects, etc., for the purpose of inducing belief in the minds of the court or the jury.
  • Hearing – A legal proceeding where an issue of law or fact is tried and evidence is presented to help determine the issue.
  • ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Lien – A claim on specific property for payment of a debt.
  • Managed Care Plan – Managed care plans are a type of health insurance. They have contracts with health care providers and medical facilities to provide care for members at reduced costs.
  • Medicaid – A health insurance program for low-income and individuals with disabilities. Jointly paid for by the federal and state government.
  • Notice of Hearing – Notice of hearing is a prepared legal document that invokes the parties to hear a motion. It can be filed by either party and specifies the name of the judge, the time of the hearing, and the name of the courthouse.
  • Order – An oral or written command or a direction from a judge.
  • Overpayment – The action of paying someone too much or an amount paid that is too much.
  • Representative Payee – A representative payee is a person or an organization. The Social Security Administration appoints a payee to receive Social Security or SSI benefits for anyone who can’t manage or direct the management of their benefits.
  • Social Security – A federal program that provides income, health insurance, and other benefits.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – A federal income supplement program designed to assist aged, blind, and disabled people with little to no income and to provide cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
  • TPS – Temporary Protective Status. Offers temporary legal status to certain immigrants in the United States who cannot return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary reasons.
  • Waive – To voluntarily give up a right. Examples include not enforcing the terms of a contract, or knowingly giving up a legal right such as a speedy trial.