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

In Benefits Articles, Featured, Mental Health Resources 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 can navigate the application process on their own or with the help of family and friends. Others may need a little more support. If you are struggling …

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Free Tax Preparation Services

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, News, Tax Resources by ERI Webmaster

If you feel stressed at the thought of the upcoming tax deadline, now is the time to take action using free tax preparation services. The deadline to file tax returns for the 2022 tax year is Tuesday, April 18, 2023 for most people. Fortunately, there are free on-line and in-person resources to help you file your taxes on time.Get Started …

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Gifts and Social Security Benefits

In Benefits Articles, Featured, News, Resources by eri

Tis’ the season for festive celebrations – and gifts! During the holidays, 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. Gifts Don’t Affect SSDI At AllLet’s start with the easy one: SSDI. Gifts do not affect SSDI at all! You don’t even …

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Self-Care: Help for Holiday Blues

In Featured, News, Resources by eri

There are decorations all around, and holiday music is playing in all the stores. For many people it is a time for celebration — a bright spot in the winter gloom. For others, the holidays may be overwhelming, or lonely, or intense. The stress of obligations can dull the spirit of the season. Family celebrations shown on television may not …

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Student Earned Income Exclusion 2022

In Blog, Featured, News, Resources, Teen Tips by eri

Do you know about the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) exclusion? This is a work incentive for students in the Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. To be eligible, you must meet the following conditions: Age under 22 years; Regularly attending school, college or training to prepare for a paying job;* Working. If these conditions are met, Social Security …

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Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) Updates

In Employment and Benefits, Featured, News by eri

The Medicaid Purchase Plan (MAPP) provides health care coverage for people with a disability age 18 or older and are working or interested in working. MAPP provides the same health benefits offered through Medicaid. In addition, the program includes ways to save money with an independence account. This money does not count toward the program’s asset limit. Learn more about …

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Transportation: Knowing the Options

In Accessibility, Blog, Featured, News, Transportation by eri

As you consider your job goals, part of that process is considering how you will get to and from work. If owning and driving a vehicle is not an option, there are many different transportation options. Learn more what they are, how they work, and how to use them.A Variety of Options“Transportation Options for Older Adults and People with Disabilities” …

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Mental Health During Times of Crisis

In Blog, Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Dawn Lalley

If you, your family, or people you are working with are struggling with the news this week, you’re not alone. Almost everyone shares in the horror at this latest tragedy. Please know that it’s okay not to be okay. According to Mental Health America Wisconsin (pdf): What’s important right now is focusing on supporting one another and promoting healing within …