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FreshEBT: Your Online Guide to Managing FoodShare Benefits

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Healthy Eating, News by eri

How do I apply for FoodShare Wisconsin? Which stores and farmer’s markets accept the Quest Card? Can I check my balance online? Am I eligible for other benefits? These are just a few of the questions you might have about Wisconsin’s FoodShare program. FreshEBT can answer them, and many more! FreshEBT is an online guide to managing FoodShare benefits in …

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Telehealth Toolkit: Best Practices for Providing Employment and Benefits Services to People with Disabilities

In Benefits Articles, COVID-19, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

The world seems to have been turned upside-down by COVID-19. We’ve had to change most aspects of our lives: the way we live, interact with others, attend school, go into the community, and for many, the way we do our jobs. The effects of social distancing can take a toll on all of us and the need to feel connected …

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When You Have a Mental Health Disability and Need Benefits….

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Mental Health Resources, Social Security Benefits by eri

Complex. Confusing. Overwhelming.  These are just a few of the words used to describe what it’s like to have a mental health disability and apply for Social Security and Medicaid benefits. Some people are able to navigate the application process on their own or with the help of family and friends. Others may need a little more support.  Jolin, a …

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ERI Addresses Community Needs through Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Funding

In Benefits Articles, COVID-19, Employment Articles, News by eri

Thanks to the generosity of more than 1,000 donors, the United Way of Dane County  announced that 36 applications representing more than 90 organizations will receive approximately $1.5 million in grant funding through the Dane County COVID-19 Emergency and Recovery Fund.   Employment Resources, Inc. (ERI) is pleased to announce we have received $25,000 from this fund to provide assistance with communication, …

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COVID-19 Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) Changes

In Benefits Articles, COVID-19, News by Sarah Lyngdal

Did you know?  Some important changes to the Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) program happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ERI benefits specialists are closely following how COVID-19 effects benefits and health insurance in the state of Wisconsin. We’ll keep you posted as we learn new information. Here’s what we know now: The work requirement for MAPP is waived until October …

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COVID-19 Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments — What You Need to Know

In Benefits Articles, COVID-19, News by Sarah Lyngdal

In the last week, there’s been a lot of information shared about the COVID-19 economic impact (stimulus) payments that many Americans are expecting to receive. It can be confusing and overwhelming! Our ERI benefits specialists are closely following state and federal guidance on getting these payments and how they will impact cash benefits and health insurance in the state of …

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Gifts and Social Security Benefits

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Seasonal Favorite by eri

We hope you enjoy many gifts this holiday season. And remember, sometimes the best gifts don’t come in packages. Just in case, it’s a good idea to learn how gifts are viewed by Social Security for the SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) programs. Let’s start with the easy one: SSDI. Gifts do not affect SSDI …

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Free Writing Assistance with Your Job Search

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News, Resources by eri

Free, One-On-One Help for Madison Area Residents Sometimes the hardest part of getting a job is getting started. Summarizing your entire work and life experiences in a single resume and cover letter can be daunting. And navigating the web, asking people you know for help, on top of reading and filling out forms and applications, can be downright scary. Did …

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Unknown Assets and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Benefits Articles, Blog, Featured, News, Tax Resources by eri

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries occasionally learn they own a countable asset they weren’t aware of. For example, a beneficiary may discover that a relative had purchased stock for them and it has a cash value. In this type of situation, Social Security first determines if the SSI beneficiary has: If so, the asset is a countable resource for SSI, …

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Caller-ID “Spoofing” Scheme Misuses Social Security Customer Service Number

In Benefits Articles, Featured, News, Social Security Benefits by Priscilla Matthews

Social Security has received numerous reports of questionable phone calls displaying their 1-800 number on a caller-ID screen. This may be a scam! If a person claiming to be from Social Security calls you and threatens you for information or promises a Social Security benefit approval or increase in exchange for information: The reports indicate the calls display the 1-800-772-1213, …