Public Benefits Articles


Recreational Vehicles and Government Benefits Are Not a Walk in the Park

If you own or are thinking of owning a recreational vehicle, you need to consider the vehicle's impact on your government benefits, especially Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Valuable Resource for All Special Needs Trustees, Not Just Those in California

Administering the California Special Needs Trust is the closest thing to having a special needs planner on call, 24 hours a day, no matter what state you're in.

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New Regulations Prevent Creditors From Seizing Federal Benefits

Several federal agencies recently proposed new regulations that will prevent banks from completely freezing bank accounts that receive certain benefit payments, including Social Security Disability Insurance payments, Supplemental Security Income, and Veterans benefits.

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Can a Person Who Receives Disability Benefits Own a Car?

The short answer is yes, but the longer answer is more complicated.  Car ownership in the context of someone with special needs is not a simple proposition.

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What Can My Special Needs Trust Pay for Without Affecting My Disability Benefits?

One of the most commonly asked questions about special needs trusts is what can the trusts pay for without affecting the beneficiary's public assistance?

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Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Ruling Clarifies Some Questions for People with Disabilities

In striking down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Supreme Court has made it easier for same-sex marri...

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Military Offers Resources for Families of Children with Special Needs

When it comes to child care the military generally tries to help families with special needs in a variety of ways.

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Senate Report Highlights Concerns About Disability Claim Backlogs

A report written by the Republican staff of the Senate's subcommittee on investigations found that administrative law judges - who decide appeals of federal disability claims - were not always properly citing medical evidence when making positive disability determinations, due in part to an massive caseload that sees some judges processing more than 500 cases a year.

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