Benefit Eligibility

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Am I eligible for Social Security benefits if there is a warrant out for my arrest or I violated parole or probation?

Social Security will consider you a fleeing felon and ineligible to get their benefits if you have an outstanding arrest warrant specifically for fleeing prosecution or confinement on a felony charge. Read this to learn more. #7405EN

Help for people unable to work: ABD and HEN

If you have very low income and resources, you can't work due to disability or incapacity, you're not eligible for other help and you're homeless or at risk of homelessness, learn more about two programs that might help you. #7812EN

Petitioning for Superior Court Review: When you disagree with a DSHS/HCA benefits administrative hearing

If you appealed an agency decision about your public benefits and lost your administrative hearing, you can appeal the administrative law judge's decision. This packet explains when and how to do so, and has forms you can use. Packet #7917EN

Public Charge: What You Need to Know

Find out here about the public charge test. This will also help in deciding if, and when, to use the public assistance benefits you or your family members need. #8123EN

Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

If you get SSI or Medicaid and then receive a lot of extra money that might otherwise make you ineligible, read this to learn what options you might have to keep your benefits. #7501EN

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for teen parents

If you are a teenager under the age of 18, low income, and have children or are pregnant, you may be able to get help (money) from the state TANF program. Read on for answers to your questions about how to get TANF. #7122EN

Video - Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security

Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

What can I buy and still be eligible for SSI and/or Medicaid?

To qualify for SSI or Medicaid, you can only have a certain amount of money or property (“resources”). Read this to learn how you can buy certain things to get to an amount where you qualify. #5107EN

Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts

If you get SSI or Medicaid and then receive a lot of extra money that might otherwise make you ineligible, read this to learn what options you might have to keep your benefits. #7501EN

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): The Basics

TANF is the welfare program that gives cash grants to needy families. Read this to learn if you are eligible to get TANF and what is required of you if you get TANF. #7123EN

Video - Applying and Appealing for Disability at Social Security

Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

What can I buy and still be eligible for SSI and/or Medicaid?

To qualify for SSI or Medicaid, you can only have a certain amount of money or property (“resources”). Read this to learn how you can buy certain things to get to an amount where you qualify. #5107EN

WorkFirst: The Basics

If you want to get TANF, you will probably have to work or do "work activity." Read this to learn more. #7126EN

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