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?

BEST Practices: SSA Unveils Reference Guide on Benefits Eligibility

In a recent announcement Social Security has drawn our attention to an on-line guide for anyone with limited means who’s looking to see what benefits they may qualify for. The Benefits Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST), which can be accessed here Welcome to SSA BEST |...

Medicare Website Now More User-Friendly

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have been working on improvements to their www.medicare.gov website in the past year and have given it something of a new look. Reportedly having listened to feedback from those that visit the site the updates are...

CMS Effectively Extends Medicare General Enrollment Period to the End of 2022

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) had acknowledged that many Medicare beneficiaries may not have been able to enroll or disenroll in Medicare Part B and premium Part A plans during the normal General Enrollment Period owing to issues over being able...

Job Alert: SOAR Specialist Needed

The SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative has been helping individuals who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, negotiate the complicated and arduous process of applying for SSI and SSDI benefits. SOAR specialists have established an expedited...

Change in Survivor’s Benefits Rules Grants Eligibility to Same-sex Partners

As the result of two class action lawsuits that were successfully brought by the surviving partners of same-sex relationships Social Security has changed its policy on eligibility for Survivor's Benefits. Helen Thornton was in a long-term relationship with her...

MD-EN is Hiring!

Our sister organization, the Maryland Employment Network, is currently looking to hire a Career Consultant. Here’s all the wonderful things they have to say about the position: This full-time, contractual position is highly independent and requires that candidates...

Journey of a Thousand Miles: Take the First Step in the SSI Application Process On-line

There is now another on-line option available to us as Social Security continues to adapt its practices to meet our current way of living. The agency now offers anyone who wants to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) the chance to set off on the long road to...

Social Security Offices Are Open for Business!

In their weekly blog the Social Security Administration just announced that they would be opening all local offices to customers without appointments as of April 7. Rightly fearing a deluge of customers, they also wanted to ward us off by encouraging us to still use...

Work Break: Update on The Earned Income Tax Credit

Tax deadline day is fast approaching so it would certainly seem to be an appropriate time to highlight a little tax break that’s out there for those of us who are working and have ‘low to moderate’ income, in the parlance of the IRS. The Earned Income Tax Credit...

Affordable Connectivity Program: Helping Households with Broadband Costs

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently introduced the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which is expected to be a long-term replacement to the Emergent Broadband Benefit (EBB) that came into being during the pandemic. The purpose of the ACP is to...