Welfare Rights Assistance

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    Programs that provide assistance for prospective or current public financial assistance recipients who are having difficulty understanding and/or obtaining the full benefits to which they are entitled by law under various income support entitlement programs. The programs may help people understand the eligibility criteria for benefits, how much they can work without affecting their benefits (for some programs), 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 public assistance benefits staff; and/or represent them in administrative hearings or judicial litigation. Included are welfare rights organizations that offer a range of advocacy services as well as legal aid programs that offer more formalized legal assistance. Entitlement programs include (but are not limited to) General Relief (GR), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps/SNAP, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

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    Financial Aid/Voucher ServicesSAIL provides assistance to individuals with disabilities, family members, and other interested parties concerning SSI, SSDI, Survivor's Benefits, DAC Benefits, NYS Disability, Worker's Compensation, VA Benefits, and Public Assistance. Benefits advisement includes counseling and training concerning work incentive programs and legislation (Medicaid Buy-In Program, 1619B Provision, IRWEs, etc.) that allows individuals with disabilities to work.WarrenBENEFITS ADVISEMENTSOUTHERN ADIRONDACK INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER
    Support ServicesRepresentatives from Social Services are available to assist with Medicaid and Medicare Savings Programs applications and food stamps applications.AlbanyBENEFIT ASSISTANCE SATELLITE DAYCOLONIE SENIOR RESOURCES DEPARTMENT

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