Disability public benefits refer to financial assistance provided by the government to individuals with disabilities. These benefits may include Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medicaid, housing assistance, and vocational rehabilitation services. Benefits may also be offered by the state including specialized transportation, home health care, and respite services. In some cases, individuals may also be able to get help with medical expenses, food, utilities, and educational services.
Questions and answers about transition services for children with disabilities with a focus on high school students.
This information covers public benefits, which are government-funded programs that help individuals and families in need. Public benefits can include cash and income assistance, health care, food assistance, housing assistance, and tax benefits. Depending on the program, eligibility for public benefits may require a person or family to meet certain income and resource requirements.
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP)provides eligible low to moderate-income households who do not normally get SNAP benefits get assistance after a federally declared disaster. This also includes information for current SNAP recipients including information about Replacement SNAP Benefits and Supplemental SNAP Benefits.
This resource covers housing, consumer, finance after a disaster, family and educational issues, disaster programs and benefits, employment and unemployment after a disaster, wills, estates and guardianships, and other public health emergency issues after a disaster.
The Louisiana Achieving A Better Life Experience Act Program (ABLE) allows families to save for disability-related expenses of their loved ones. The advantage of this program is that it allows the family to save without worrying about whether the assets in an account will be counted as an asset for purposes of determining eligibility for federal and state benefits programs such as Medicaid and Social Security.
This resource covers the benefits program Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), which pays cash to individuals who are disabled (and their family members) if a person has worked long enough and has paid Social Security taxes. This covers issues with eligibility for SSDI, applications for it, hearings about it, getting paid, dealing with overpayments, maintaining it, and terminating it.
Federal agency webpage with summary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), questions and answers, and a link to the federal regulations on the FMLA. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. FMLA is designed to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities by allowing them to take reasonable unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons. It also seeks to accommodate the legitimate interests of employers and promote equal employment opportunity for men and women. FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.
It is important to plan ahead for disasters. The more you prepare ahead for a disaster, the faster and easier it may be to recover. If you are experiencing the effects of a disaster, you may face different legal problems. This includes information for how to prepare in advance for a disaster and for disaster survivors. A disaster event requires immediate attention and quick remedial action. A disaster involves injury, loss of life, damage to property, or catastrophic interference with normal activities. This information includes how to prepare to deal with sudden, unexpected, or impending situations where a disaster may occur.
This category covers issues that a person might face when drafting their estate plans if one of their children or other beneficiaries has disabilities. This includes how to transfer assets in ways that do not harm that beneficiary's ability to receive public benefits and other support. It also includes how to ensure that the beneficiary will have long-term support for health and care costs.
Here is information from the Social Security Administration about getting a new Social Security number for victims of domestic violence.