Government Benefits & Services

General Government Benefits & Services Articles

Each year, the US Department of Health and Human Services updates the federal poverty guidelines. These are a list of annual income amounts, based on the number of people in a household. Different programs use the guidelines in different ways.

Disability Services

This table lists the available social security disability benefits and how to apply.
Details of Maryland's Temporary Disability Assistance Program

Food Programs

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used to be known as food stamps. Food stamps are used like cash to buy food. In Maryland, food stamp benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer System.
Food program for families
Rights of Food Stamp applicants and recipients

Income Assistance

EAFC is a program to support the income of families in need.
The Family Investment Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources is the central coordinating and directing agency of all public assistance programs in the State, one of which is the Family Investment Program (FIP). This program is administered locally by county social services departments with the ultimate goal of providing employment and training activities, supportive services, and benefits that enable recipients to get jobs and improve their economic circumstances.
Maryland's Temporary Cash assistance program
Welfare Avoidance Grants (WAG) are short-term, one-time cash payments intended to prevent families from needing to register for welfare.

Medical Benefits

The Children's Medical Services Program assists families in planning and obtaining specialty medical and rehabilitative care for children who have or are at risk for chronic illnesses or disabling conditions which interfere with normal growth and development.
The Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS in Maryland have access to certain medications they need to help them stay healthy.
The Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program (SPDAP) is a subsidy program established by the Maryland General Assembly in 2005 to provide financial assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.
Medbank is non-profit organization that assists persons with disabilities and low-income persons of any age to apply for assistance from the manufacturers programs for free or low-cost medicines.
The Mission of the Maryland Healthy Kids/EPSDT Program is to promote access to and assure availability of quality health care for Medical Assistance children, teens and young adults less than 21 years of age.
Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.
Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). ESRD is permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant. The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services if you meet certain conditions.
Medicare Part C, also known as "Medicare Advantage" is an alternative to coverage under Medicare Parts A and B.
This program helps Maryland Residents enrolled in Medical Assistance, HealthChoice, Primary Adult Care (PAC), Family Planning, or Medicare Part D pay for medically necessary prescriptions.
What counts as countable household income for the Primary Adult Care program
The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program is a state program to help people with lower income pay for out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as deductibles, co-payments and premiums.
Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) & Qualified Individual Program (QI) pay the Medicare Part B insurance premiums for Part B participants who have trouble paying premiums.
This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care. Prepared by: Long Term Care Assistance Project, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
State program that helps people with AIDS acquire health insurance
Medicare Part D, also called Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, is a program that helps cover the cost of prescription drugs used at home.
This brochure from Maryland Legal Aid describes your rights concerning Medical Assistance programs.
If you are eligible, you could get free or low-cost health care through Medicaid, also called Medical Assistance.
Medical assistance in Maryland is provided through a large variety of state and federal programs. This overview provides basic information about four categories of help that are available, as well as links to more detailed information about specific programs. The four categories are Medicaid, Medicare, the Maryland Health Connection, and a set of state programs designed to help with prescription drugs.

Social Security

This article discusses issues involving Social Security benefits, SSI and the prison population.
HALLEX is the abbreviation for Hearings, Appeals, Litigation, and Law (LEX) Manual. It contains instructions for administrative law judges (ALJs), the Appeals Council, and the Office of Civil Actions.
The Program Operations Manual System, or POMS, is a massive, multi-volume manual of substantive and procedural material for the adjudication and processing of all claims under the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration.
How to calculate the percentage of benefits you will receive if you retire.
This table lists how to apply for Social Security
A representative payee is a person who has been chosen by the Social Security Administration to receive a Social Security or Supplemental Security Income check on behalf of another person.
You can apply online, over the phone or in person for Social Security Retirement Benefits
This article contains tools for determining an estimate of how much you will receive in Social Security benefits.
Social Security Benefits for children of a recipient
Social Security Benefits for divorced spouses
Social Security Benefits for spouses
Social Security benefits for widows and widowers
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Benefits use the same definition of 'disabled.'

Unemployment Programs

Unemployment insurance provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are able to work, available to work, and actively seeking work.

Veterans' Services

Outline of disability compensation for veterans.
Veterans pension benefits are calculated by the Veteran's Benefits Administration.