Public Benefits

What Is a Special Needs Trust?

A special needs trust can allow individuals with special needs to preserve assets that will enhance their quality of life while allowing them to remain eligible for needs-based public benefits like Medicaid and SSI.

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Special Needs 101

The Basics of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is one of the major federal programs that provides monetary assistance to people with disabilities. Although the lack of strict financial standards makes SSDI benefits easier to manage once they are obtained, not everyone with...

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Special Needs 101

College Savings for Students With Special Needs

When a child with special needs is setting aside money for college, a 529 Plan may not be the best option. Here are some things to think about when family members ask about the best way to provide funds for...

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Special Needs 101

SSI Basics

Because SSI's income and resource limits are so restrictive, it pays to know the basics about the program before deciding whether it is right for you or your family member.

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Three Big Differences Between SSI and SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are both federal programs that provide cash payments to people who meet the federal definition of "disabled." But the similarities between the two programs end there. Here are the three...

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Medicaid vs. Medicare - What's the Difference?

People with special needs may qualify for a variety of government benefits, including Medicaid and Medicare. It can be difficult to tell the two programs apart, especially because their names are so similar. However, Medicaid and Medicare, which account for...

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