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?

What’s In a Number? 1619(b) in 2023 

The somewhat lesser broadcast Section 1619(d) of the Social Security Act winds its way through the statement that "(t)he Commissioner of Social Security and the Secretary of Education shall jointly develop and disseminate information, and establish training programs...

2023 Federal Poverty Levels Released

The Department of Health and Human Services has just published the new Federal Poverty Levels (FPL). As might be expected by the name, the basic 100% poverty level is low and comes in at annual income for a household of one of $14,580. Broken down to a monthly amount...

A Mixed Review: News on ABLE Accounts

There’s been a recent development in who can set up and use an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) account. Since the ABLE Act was passed and signed into being in 2014 by President Obama it has allowed individuals with disabilities to set up tax-free savings...

Your Turn: What Do You Want to Discuss in 2023?

As we start another trip around the sun, we’ll keep the updates coming as they arrive but all the while we’d like to look to you to give us any suggestions on what you’d like to know more about, or to ask us any benefits-related questions that we haven’t yet...

Looking Forward to ’23: Reminder of the New Facts and Figures

Another year in the books and off we go again! As we wish you all the very best of luck and happiness in 2023 here's a quick look once more at some of the pertinent figures that we'll need to be aware of in the coming months. Maryland's minimum wage continues its...

Happy Holidays from MDBCN!

How did we get here again, and so quickly too? Another year has raced by and has served us up, to different degrees and with new variations, the quotidian grind interlaced with despair, sorrow, hope and even, perhaps, moments of genuine joy. We hope that 2022 was, on...

Social Security Sanctions Self-Selecting Sex for SSN Records

Not a title for those with a lisp, but the SSA recently announced a policy change that will allow anyone to self-select their sex designation no matter what the records on their birth certificate may show.  There's no need to provide any documentation at all but if...

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...