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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

SSA Makes Slight Change to Overpayment Waiver Process

The non-profit legal advocacy organization, Justice in Aging, recently uncovered a small but positive change in the eligibility criteria for those requesting a waiver of the dreaded Social Security benefit overpayment. The change entails the expansion of margin of...

Going Underground: Maryland’s Burial Assistance Program

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) was expressly developed to provide health care to all its citizens from ‘cradle to grave’. While there remains no such plan in the United States there is some limited provision of care that does indeed extend beyond...

Closing Time: SNAP Emergency Allotments Ended

There's going to have to be further belt-tightening for many Maryland residents as the Consolidated Appropriations Act recently passed by Congress has brought about the end of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotment. The...

Plan Ahead: America Saves Week 2023 Coming Soon

This Monday, February 27, will see the start of a week-long 'celebration and call to action for everyday Americans to commit to saving successfully,' or so says the official America Saves Week website. The non-profit organization, America Saves, has been running the...

EID Expansion Denied by CMS

It has been reported that the expansion of eligibility for the Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) program which was proposed in May 2022 and came into effect later in the year has now been quashed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)....