Youth and Young Adults

The Maryland Benefits Counseling Network understands the unique challenges and questions that transitioning aged youth may experience related to public benefits. There are often questions related to being a student, health insurance, and living with parents. Below is information about the most common situations that arise; however, we recommend that you speak with a certified benefits counselor to discuss your unique situation. 

Are you a student receiving SSI who wants to work?

Are you receiving SSI as a child’s benefit?

Are you receiving SSI as a child’s benefit and participating in an employment program?

Wondering how you can save money for college?

What benefit concerns should I have when transitioning to adult benefits?

Break Time: The Earned Income Tax Credit in 2024

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Reader Request: MDBCN Wants to Know What You Want to Know

Undeterred by the modest response to last year’s request for feedback and suggestions we once again ask you, valued and worthy reader, what you would like to know more about. If you have any topics that you think might deserve a spotlight shone on them, whether they...

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2024 Poverty Guidelines Released

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In June 2022 we delightedly reported the scrapping of income and resource limits for the hugely popular Medicaid Buy-in program and work incentive Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID). Eight short months later we learned that the tight-fisted hands at the...

Drug Deal: Expansion of Medicare Part D’s Full Low Income Subsidy Eligibility

A provision of 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act is due to come into being effective January 1, 2024, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently put out a reminder. From next year there will no longer be a Partial Extra Help category for Part D...

Grave Concerns: CDC Publishes Latest Life Expectancy Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its findings on life expectancy in the USA for the year 2022. The figures show an increase on the previous year, but still remain low compared to 2019, the last year before the pandemic, and...

A Salute: How Social Security Aids Veterans

On November 11 we’ll commemorate Veterans Day and Social Security has chosen to remind us of the role it can play in aiding veterans with disabilities. Those who served in the military and who now have a disability are entitled to VA (Veterans Affairs) Disability...