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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.

Upcoming Events

Worth Remembering: SSA Resources and Benefits for Veterans

Armistice Day commemorates the ending of the First World War on November 11, 1918 and although the US were hardly involved in that conflict it is observed in this country each year in on that date. Here it's known, of course, as Veterans Day and has come to...

Change of Plan: Transferring State Benefits When You Move

Well, you can't. There is actually no provision for a simple transfer of any state-regulated benefit such as SNAP (aka Food Stamps) or Medical Assistance. Each state has their own eligibility rules and regulations so if you should up sticks and move to another state,...

An Extra Serving: Maryland Food Bank and CSFP Helping Seniors in Baltimore

The Commodity Supplement Food Program (CSFP) is a federally run program that helps low-income seniors around the country by providing them with monthly food packages. In Maryland the program is known as “My Groceries to Go!” and is administered by the Maryland Food...

SSA’s 2023 COLAs Announced!

The new figures are in for 2023's Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA), and as many had predicted there has been another significant leap. The new COLA dwarfs even last year's notable 5.9% and comes in at a staggering 8.7% increase. In terms of how that looks to SSI...

Some Medicare Part B Start Dates to Change in 2023

It has been announced that starting in January 2023 there will be some slight but positive modifications to the start dates for those enrolling in Medicare Part B. At the moment someone who signs up for Medicare Part B in the last three months of the seven- month...