The Nuts and Bolts of SSI and SSDI, Public Health Insurance and Other Public Benefits (11 hours)

This 11-hour comprehensive training provides detailed information on both Social Security disability benefit programs (SSI and SSDI), work incentives and health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid) associated with each program, and other public benefits that are available. This training is typically provided in three segments over two consecutive days, one full day and one half day. The first segment focuses on the SSDI program and demonstrates how use of its associated work incentives may delay case closure, prolong the continuation of cash benefits, preserve public health insurance, or help reinstate cash and healthcare benefits to former beneficiaries. The second segment focuses on the SSI program and how its work incentives are available to certain subsets of the beneficiary population and demonstrates how each incentive can reduce, to some degree, the impact that work income normally has on SSI cash benefits. The SSI monthly calculation is reviewed and is the basis of one of the training’s major group activities. The last segment focuses on eligibility requirements and dispute resolution processes of various public benefits including Food Stamps, Subsidized Housing, Emergency Assistance to Elderly Disabled and Children (EAEDC), Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC), Medicare Parts A through D, MassHealth coverage plans including Standard, CommonHealth, and One Care, and the benefits of the Medicare-Buy in program for working beneficiaries.

Participants receive a comprehensive set of training materials, a benefits planning calendar that can be used to assist beneficiaries to keep track of earnings, and a certificate of completion.

This training is appropriate for employment specialists and other staff that work closely with persons served to achieve employment goals.