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Maryland Benefits Counseling Network

The Maryland Benefits Counseling Network is a program funded by the Behavioral Health Administration which provides comprehensive, up to date benefits counseling education, information and resources for professionals, beneficiaries, and family members.

The mission of The Maryland Benefits Counseling Network (MD-BCN) is to provide training and technical assistance to Work Incentive Counselors, Employment Service Providers, Beneficiaries, and families which supports Social Security beneficiaries in achieving greater independence through work.

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Reprising a Classic: Impairment Related Work Expenses

A dip into the MDBCN blog archives gives the curious reader a real sense that Social Security, like time itself, does actually move inexorably onwards, even though the ultimate goal may still elude us. Within all those blogs that meant something at the time but have...

2022 Social Security COLAs Announced!

Next year’s Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) have just been published by Social Security and as predicted by many it’s a huge leap to the tune of a 5.9% increase. In real terms that means that the full amount of SSI that an individual can receive has gone up from...

Work Activity Reports Now On-line

One of those rather unwelcome letters from Social Security that beneficiaries receive from time to time is the one that informs them that their past and present work activity is under review. Along with the dread of an impending overpayment or even the loss of...

Reversion to Type: A Quick Reminder about SNAP Benefit Changes

If you receive food stamps the State of Maryland should have already sent you a letter letting you know that now that the State of Emergency is over your Supplemental Nutrition Allocation Program (SNAP) amount will very possibly be changing as of today, October 1. For...

New Report Shows SSI Work Incentives Need Work

The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report to the US senate’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy which highlighted how far we are from truly assisting SSI recipients who are looking to work their way out...