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  • Basic Income Maintenance Programs (3)
    NL-1000

    Basic Income Maintenance Programs

    NL-1000

    Programs that provide cash income on a regular basis, and in some cases, social services to provide for the basic material needs of income-eligible individuals and families.
  • Benefits and Services Assistance (2)
    FT-1000

    Benefits and Services Assistance

    FT-1000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding, accessing, and/or are unaware of grants, payments, benefits or other services for which they may be eligible. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for benefits and services, the benefits or services provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete application forms; negotiate on their behalf with program administration staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits/service counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Benefits Assistance for Older Adults (1)
    FT-1000 * YB-8000

    Benefits Assistance * Older Adults

    FT-1000 * YB-8000

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining grants, payments, services or other benefits to which they are entitled by law. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with benefits administration staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are benefits counseling organizations that offer a range of advocacy services and legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.

    Individuals who are age 50, 55, 60, 62 or 65 or older depending on the minimum age for qualifying as an older adult which varies by program.

  • Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance (1)
    PB-0900

    Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance

    PB-0900

    Programs that provide financial assistance to help families who have lost a loved one pay for the funeral and/or the cremation or interment of the individual's remains.
  • Cell Phones (1)
    BM-5050.1500

    Cell Phones

    BM-5050.1500

    Programs that pay for or provide cellular phones, i.e., electronic devices that are used for mobile telecommunications (mobile telephone, text messaging or data transmission) over a cellular network of specialized base stations known as cell sites. Also included are programs that furnish smartphones, i.e., mobile phones with advanced capabilities such as Wi-Fi and e-book reader features that function more like miniature computers with phone capabilities. Some programs limit their cell phone provision service to special targeted populations such as victims of domestic abuse or others in vulnerable situations who are authorized to use the phones in emergency situations only.
  • Community Action Agencies (1)
    TD-1100.1400

    Community Action Agencies

    TD-1100.1400

    Private, nonprofit human service and advocacy organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 that provide emergency assistance to people in crisis; address the causes of poverty through programs that fight unemployment, inadequate housing, poor nutrition and lack of educational opportunity; and provide training in advocacy skills. Community Action Agencies (CAAs), also known as Community Action Programs (CAPs), operate a variety of core services in the communities they serve. Included are GED and ESL education, job training programs, Head Start and day care, weatherization and energy assistance programs, health services, services for older adults (e.g., Foster Grandparents and RSVP), emergency food assistance and homelessness prevention programs. They are also involved in affordable housing creation and renovation and small business assistance.
  • Disability Benefits (1)
    NS-1800

    Disability Benefits

    NS-1800

    Public social insurance programs that replace income lost because of a physical or mental impairment severe enough to prevent a previously employed person from working. Monthly cash benefits are paid to the eligible individual with a disability and his or her eligible dependents throughout the period of disability.
  • Food Stamps/SNAP (1)
    NL-6000.2000

    Food Stamps/SNAP

    NL-6000.2000

    A federally-funded program administered locally by the county or the state that enables low-income and indigent households to obtain an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card similar to a bank debit card which can be used in most grocery stores to purchase food. Approved households are entitled to purchase a designated amount of food utilizing their cards based on net income and household size. Benefits are generally available in an EBT account within 30 days from the date an application was filed. Expedited food stamps are available within seven days for people who are in an emergency situation and whose income and spendable resources for that month are within specified limits.
  • General Benefits and Services Assistance (1)
    FT-1000.2500

    General Benefits and Services Assistance

    FT-1000.2500

    Programs that focus broadly on helping individuals who are having difficulty understanding, accessing, and/or are unaware of grants, payments, services or other benefits for which they are eligible rather than offering more specialized services relating to a particular type of benefit or service.
  • General Health Insurance Information/Counseling (1)
    LH-3500.2500

    General Health Insurance Information/Counseling

    LH-3500.2500

    Programs that help people in need of health insurance evaluate the full range of alternatives available to them and select the coverage that best meets their needs.
  • Incidental Medical Expense Assistance (1)
    LH-5100.3300

    Incidental Medical Expense Assistance

    LH-5100.3300

    Programs that provide financial assistance that helps individuals who have a designated health condition or disability or require an operation such as a transplant pay for non-medical but related expenses, which may include travel expenses to and from treatment, home or housing costs, child care expenses or other related costs. Incidental medical expense assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Insurance Issues (1)
    YZ-3450

    Insurance Issues

    YZ-3450

    Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of insurance.
  • Life Insurance (1)
    NS-4500

    Life Insurance

    NS-4500

    Public programs that issue policies in which the organization, in return for premium payments, agrees to pay a specified sum (the face value or material value of the policy) to the designated beneficiary upon the death of the person who is insured.
  • Medical Care Expense Assistance for Cancer (1)
    LH-5100.5000 * YF-3000.1480

    Medical Care Expense Assistance * Cancer

    LH-5100.5000 * YF-3000.1480

    Programs that pay the hospital bills, doctor bills, laboratory expenses or other health care expenses of people who are unable to obtain necessary health care without assistance. Also included are programs that provide vouchers which enable eligible individuals to obtain medical care. Medical bill payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.

    Any of a broad group of malignant neoplasms which are either carcinomas which have their origin in epithelial tissues or sarcomas which develop from connective tissues and those structures which had their origin in mesodermal tissues (the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and urogenital systems and the linings of body cavities). Cancer is invasive and tends to metastasize to new sites spreading directly into surrounding tissues or through the lymphatic or circulatory systems.

  • Medicare Insurance Supplements (11)
    LH-3000.5000

    Medicare Insurance Supplements

    LH-3000.5000

    Organizations that offer insurance policies which pay for some health care costs that are not covered by Medicare. These generally include Medicare deductibles and co-payments, but not long-term care.
  • Military Retirement Benefits (1)
    NS-7000.5000

    Military Retirement Benefits

    NS-7000.5000

    A program administered by the U.S. Department of Defense that provides retirement benefits to members of any of the branches of the military within DoD who have 20 cumulative years of active service. Retirees are eligible to receive benefits immediately regardless of their age at the point of retirement.
  • Mortgage Payment Assistance for Veterans (1)
    BH-3800.5000 * YN-9000

    Mortgage Payment Assistance * Veterans

    BH-3800.5000 * YN-9000

    Programs that make mortgage payments for people who are at risk of losing their homes without assistance. Mortgage payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.

    Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.

  • Native American General Assistance (2)
    NL-1000.6000

    Native American General Assistance

    NL-1000.6000

    Programs administered by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs or state or local entities that provide financial assistance and a variety of social services to meet the basic needs of eligible American Indians living on or near reservations or in other urban or rural settings.
  • Prescription Drug Discount Cards (3)
    LH-6700.6250

    Prescription Drug Discount Cards

    LH-6700.6250

    Private organizations that issue cards that offer discounts on prescriptions at participating network pharmacies including chain and independent retail outlets, generally for an annual enrollment fee. Also included are programs that maintain lists of these types of programs for referral purposes.
  • Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs (12)
    LH-6700.6300

    Prescription Drug Patient Assistance Programs

    LH-6700.6300

    Pharmaceutical companies or pharmacies that make brand name or generic prescription drugs available to patients who are uninsured or underinsured or, for other reasons, cannot afford to pay the market price. Also included are organizations that help qualifying patients complete and file paperwork for submission to drug manufacturers to request such medication or which maintain lists of these types of programs for referral purposes.
  • Public Assistance Overpayment Recovery Programs (1)
    NL-6500

    Public Assistance Overpayment Recovery Programs

    NL-6500

    Programs that are responsible for identifying situations in which public assistance benefits recipients have received more than the amount to which they are entitled, investigating the cause (generally client error, administrative error or fraud) and pursuing recovery of the overpayment amount. Clients are entitled to a fair hearing and have a variety of repayment options. Cases involving fraud are referred for further action. Recipients may also be required to repay public assistance benefits in situations where they experience a financial windfall, e.g., lottery winnings, an inheritance or the proceeds from a lawsuit.
  • Railroad Workers Disability Insurance (1)
    NS-1800.6500

    Railroad Workers Disability Insurance

    NS-1800.6500

    A program administered by the Railroad Retirement Board that provides disability benefits for people who have at least 10 years of railroad employment and become totally disabled, and for individuals who have at least 20 years of service and become partially disabled.
  • Railroad Workers Retirement Benefits (1)
    NS-7000.7000

    Railroad Workers Retirement Benefits

    NS-7000.7000

    A program established by the Railroad Workers Retirement Act and financed by contributions from railroad employers and employees which provides regular cash benefits for eligible retirees. Eligibility is based on age and length of service.
  • Railroad Workers Survivors Insurance (1)
    NS-8200.7000

    Railroad Workers Survivors Insurance

    NS-8200.7000

    A program administered by the Railroad Retirement Board that provides monthly cash benefits for the survivors of eligible railroad workers who have died. Survivors benefits rates are figured as a percentage of the deceased worker's primary insurance amount.
  • Railroad Workers Unemployment Insurance (1)
    NS-9000.7000

    Railroad Workers Unemployment Insurance

    NS-9000.7000

    A program established by the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act which provides benefits for qualified railroad workers who are out of a job because of unemployment or illness. Eligibility and the duration and amount of payments depend on length of service, recency of employment, past earnings and availability for work. Payments are possible after other sources of income (salary, vacation pay, etc.) have been exhausted.
  • Rent Payment Assistance (2)
    BH-3800.7000

    Rent Payment Assistance

    BH-3800.7000

    Programs that make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without assistance. Also included are rent supplement programs that provide assistance with ongoing monthly rental costs. Rent payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Rent Payment Assistance for Veterans (1)
    BH-3800.7000 * YN-9000

    Rent Payment Assistance * Veterans

    BH-3800.7000 * YN-9000

    Programs that make rental payments for people who are at risk of eviction without assistance. Rent payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.

    Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who, by length and type of services, honorable discharge or release or degree of disability, qualify for the benefits and privileges that are provided by law for ex-servicemen and women.

  • Social Security Retirement Benefits (1)
    NS-7000.8000

    Social Security Retirement Benefits

    NS-7000.8000

    A program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides monthly cash payments (sometimes called old-age insurance benefits) for people age 62 and older who are fully insured. Workers may retire at age 62 and receive a reduced benefit or may wait until age 65 and receive a full benefit. Benefit amounts depend upon wages earned and the number of quarters of coverage credited to the individual's Social Security record.
  • Special Needs Trust Preparation Assistance (1)
    FT-2700.8600-800

    Special Needs Trust Preparation Assistance

    FT-2700.8600-800

    Programs that provide assistance for people who want to establish a trust for a chronically and severely disabled beneficiary which supplements government benefits such as SSI and Medicaid rather than supplanting them and which provides an income for the person with a disability within allowable limits. Special needs trusts are generally established using the assets of a third party but may, under certain specified conditions, be established with the disabled person's own funds, and are managed by a trustee on behalf of the individual with a disability. Trusts established with the disabled person's funds may have "pay back" requirements which enable the state to collect funds at the end of the trust as reimbursement for medical care expenditures. Special needs trusts may be revocable or irrevocable, and may be established and utilized on behalf of the person with a disability while the parents or others funding the trust are still living (an intervivos or living special needs trust) or following the death of the parents (a testamentary special needs trust).
  • SSI (1)
    NL-1000.8100

    SSI

    NL-1000.8100

    A federal income maintenance program administered by the Social Security Administration that provides basic financial assistance in the form of monthly checks for people who are age 65 and older, blind or have a disability and who have little or no income and resources. Some states supplement SSI checks for certain categories of recipients. If the state's supplemental payment is federally administered, individuals are automatically assessed for SSP eligibility when they apply for SSI and the supplemental payment is included in their SSI check. If a state administers its own supplemental payments, individuals must apply separately at the state agency.
  • State Medicaid Managed Care Insurance Carriers (1)
    NL-5000.5000-775

    State Medicaid Managed Care Insurance Carriers

    NL-5000.5000-775

    Private insurance companies that issue managed care policies to people who qualify under Medicaid, generally on the basis of a contractual arrangement with the state. Enrollment in a managed care plan may be voluntary or mandatory for some or all Medicaid recipients in a state; and participation requirements and associated criteria vary from state to state and in some cases, from area to area within the same state. Benefits covered by Medicaid vary by jurisdiction but generally include hospitalization, physician services, emergency room visits, family planning, immunizations, laboratory and x-ray services, outpatient surgery, chiropractic care, prescriptions, eye exams, eye glasses and dental care. Other covered services may include alcohol and drug treatment, mental health services, medical equipment and supplies and rehabilitative therapy. Medical benefits are administered by the insurance companies under terms of their contract.
  • State/Local Health Insurance Programs (2)
    NL-5000.8000

    State/Local Health Insurance Programs

    NL-5000.8000

    Programs that provide health insurance for people who do not qualify for Medicaid, do not have access to insurance provided by an employer or cannot afford privately purchased health insurance. Services covered by these programs vary by state but generally include hospitalization, physician services, emergency room visits, family planning, immunizations, laboratory and x-ray services, outpatient surgery, chiropractic care, prescriptions, eye exams, eye glasses and dental care. Other services may include alcohol and drug treatment, mental health services, medical and equipment and supplies and rehabilitative therapy. Eligibility requirements also vary. Included are state and/or local government health insurance programs which may be administered by the state or at the local level, and public/private partnerships between state and/or local government entities and health insurance companies or other private organizations. Health care is generally provided through participating managed care plans in the area.
  • State/Municipal Employees Health Benefits (1)
    NS-8000.8100

    State/Municipal Employees Health Benefits

    NS-8000.8100

    Employment based insurance policies and/or health plans that pay the medical expenses of employees of state and municipal government agencies.
  • Student Financial Aid Issues (1)
    YZ-8360

    Student Financial Aid Issues

    YZ-8360

    Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of student loans, scholarships and other forms of student financial aid.
  • TANF (1)
    NL-1000.8500

    TANF

    NL-1000.8500

    A state program with matching federal block grant funds administered by the county or the state under state guidelines that provides time-limited cash assistance for needy families with (or expecting) children as well as job preparation, work opportunities and access to supportive services such as child care which enable parents receiving assistance to leave the program and become self-sufficient. TANF, which ends the federal entitlement known as AFDC, creates a five-year lifetime limit on cash assistance for most adult recipients; requires that recipients be working or participating in a work-related activity within two years and cooperate with comprehensive child support enforcement efforts including paternity establishment; and contains special live at home and stay in school provisions for teenage parents. States have wide latitude in structuring their TANF programs and may obtain waivers which exempt them from specific federal requirements. Recipients may receive monthly checks or be given electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards which allow them to access their cash benefits at automated teller machines (ATMs) or point of sale (POS) equipment that is located in grocery stores, banks and other commercial locations.
  • Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance (1)
    NT-8900

    Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance

    NT-8900

    Programs that provide cash, vouchers or other forms of monetary aid for people in need of assistance and evaluate the individual's or family's need for the money on a case-by-case basis rather than having pre-established policies regarding the types of needs the dollars can be used to cover.
  • Unemployment Insurance (1)
    NS-9000

    Unemployment Insurance

    NS-9000

    Programs that provide partial income replacement for a limited period of time for eligible individuals who become unemployed.
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits Assistance (1)
    FT-1000.8900

    Unemployment Insurance Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.8900

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits to which they are entitled by law through their state Unemployment Insurance program. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for unemployment insurance benefits, the benefits provided by the program, and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete unemployment application forms; negotiate on their behalf with unemployment insurance benefits staff; prepare a written appeal; and/or represent them in administrative hearings or judicial litigation. Included are organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs which offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Utility Assistance (2)
    BV-8900

    Utility Assistance

    BV-8900

    Programs that provide financial assistance for people who are at risk for having their utilities shut off; offer discounted utility services; provide disconnection protection; arrange for notification regarding pending disconnection; make available special services such as large print utility bills or levalized energy bill payment arrangements which support people's ability to make their payments; or supply wood, propane, butane or other fuel for heating or cooking purposes in situations where people have no other means of acquiring them. Utility assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
  • Veteran Benefits Assistance (8)
    FT-1000.9000

    Veteran Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.9000

    Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding, accessing, and/or are unaware of the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits and services, the benefits and services provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits and services application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are Veteran Services Officers (VSOs) who are trained and accredited by the Veteran's Administration (VA) and can be found in offices specific to each state, the county courthouse, the local VA office and local veteran's rights organizations; as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.
  • Veteran Benefits Assistance for Females (1)
    FT-1000.9000 * YS-2000

    Veteran Benefits Assistance * Females

    FT-1000.9000 * YS-2000

    Programs that provide assistance for veterans who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits and services to which they are entitled by law based on service to their country. The programs may help veterans understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, the benefits provided by the program, the payment process and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete benefits application forms; negotiate on their behalf with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs staff; and/or represent them in administrative processes or judicial litigation. Included are veteran rights organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance.

    Individuals who have needs and interests in common as a result of similar experiences, concerns or expectations as females.

  • Veteran Compensation and Pension Benefits (3)
    NS-1800.9000

    Veteran Compensation and Pension Benefits

    NS-1800.9000

    Programs administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provide monthly payments to veterans who are disabled and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions, their dependent children, surviving spouses and parents. Included are compensation benefits for veterans with service-connected disabilities; and pension benefits for veterans with limited incomes who are age 65 or older or are permanently and totally disabled as a result of a condition not related to military service. Veterans who are more seriously disabled may qualify for Aid and Attendance or Housebound benefits which are paid in addition to the basic compensation or pension rate. A veteran cannot receive both Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits at the same time.
  • Workers Compensation (1)
    NS-1800.9500

    Workers Compensation

    NS-1800.9500

    A disability insurance program mandated by the state and funded by employer contributions which provides compensation to covered employees for loss of their earnings as a result of an accidental injury or occupational disease sustained during employment, or which compensates dependents in case of a work-related death. The program provides for income replacement and supplement; scheduled awards for loss of sight or hearing, dismemberment or disfigurement; medical expenses (including hospital care); vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy and retraining to enable a possible return to the workforce; and funeral expenses.
  • Workers Compensation Benefits Assistance (2)
    FT-1000.9700

    Workers Compensation Benefits Assistance

    FT-1000.9700

    Programs that provide assistance for people who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits to which they are entitled by law under state Workers Compensation statutes. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for Workers Compensation benefits, the benefits provided by the program, and the rights of beneficiaries; provide consultation and advice; help them complete Workers Compensation application forms; negotiate on their behalf with Workers Compensation benefits staff; and/or represent them in administrative hearings or judicial litigation. Included are organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs which offer more formalized legal assistance. Workers Compensation is a disability insurance program mandated by the state and funded by employer contributions which provides compensation to covered employees for loss of their earnings as a result of an accidental injury or occupational disease sustained during employment, or which compensates dependents in case of a work-related death.
  • Workers Compensation Recipients (1)
    YC-9500

    Workers Compensation Recipients

    YC-9500

    Individuals who have lost their earnings due to accidental injury on the job or occupational illness and are receiving compensation from the government mandated, employer supported disability program.