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Medical Remedial Expenses (MREs)

In Benefits Articles, Blog by Stephanie Drum

Do you work with people who have Medical Remedial Expenses (MRE)?  If you do, there are some important distinctions across programs.  Things considered allowable MREs differ between three programs – Family Care/Partnership/IRIS; Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP); and the “classic” Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBW) Long-term Care programs.  You can view the three lists in the links below. Check out …

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Social Security Applicants to “Sign” Electronically

In Benefits Application Articles, Blog by Stephanie Drum

Beginning in April, many people applying for Social Security disability benefits will be able to sign and submit the Authorization to Disclose Information to Social Security (Form SSA-827) form electronically, as the last part of the online process. Social Security requests more than 15 million medical records each year on behalf of people applying for disability benefits, and a signed SSA-827 …

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Return to Work Less Than 12 Months After Onset Date of Disability

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog by John Benbow

When a person who has filed for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments returns to work less than one year after the onset of his/her disabling condition, the 12 month duration requirement for initially qualifying for disability may become an issue. Depending on various factors, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may revisit and revise …

Community Benefits Specialist Program Interview on WORT

In Benefits Application Articles by John Fuller

If you want to more about the services provided through the Community Benefits Specialist Program, take a listen to Kristen Hoffschmidt describing the services provided during an interview on Feb. 9, 2012 on WORT 89.9FM Community Radio Station in Madison, Wisconsin.  This program assists individuals with mental illness in Dane County in applying for public benefits. More Information Get more information …

Find a Benefits Specialist

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, Resources, Ticket to Work Articles by Stephanie Drum

Benefit Specialists understand the complexities of public benefit systems and assist individuals through various life transitions. Whether you are applying for benefits, seeking health care coverage, entering adulthood, considering employment, or retiring, a benefits specialist can help. Wisconsin has several types of benefits specialists: Disability Benefit Specialists (DBS) Wisconsin has Disability Benefit Specialists (DBS) who assist people with physical, developmental, …

Computer Shortcuts

In Assistive Technology Articles, Blog by Phil Goodman

Since I began providing computer access support for folks with visual deficits I have changed the way I use a computer myself. I guess it isn’t surprising that those of us with fair to good vision never “see” that there are alternatives to the way we access our computers on a day to day basis. The biggest change I have …

Back It Up!

In Assistive Technology Articles, Blog by Phil Goodman

Consequences of Failing to Back Up Your Email Email has undoubtedly become a large part of many of our lives for both work and personal use. Losing all of the information that is stored in the email program that you use could be devastating, and I am always surprised to find out how many of you never back up the …

Gifts and SSI

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog by John Benbow

It’s that time of year again. Freshen up on holiday information. Find out how gifts are viewed by the Social Security system for the SSI program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) may or may not count a gift that a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient receives as unearned income. For SSI a gift is something a recipient receives which is …