BENEFITS 101 | How people with disabilities can build financial security without jeopardizing benefits | A Merakey AVS Initiative
Individuals with disabilities rely on a variety of government benefits for supports and services. It is important for individuals and those who support them to understand how earned and unearned income might impact benefits such as Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income(SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Medicaid Waivers (Home and Community Based, Community Living Waiver, Person Family Driven Supports) and other subsidies. In order to make informed decisions about their financial futures it is important for individuals and those who support them to learn the basics of benefits information. For those receiving SSA benefits, we realize that fear and misunderstanding may often keep people from working or making life changes.
Karen Carr - Field Representative, PA ABLE, Bureau of Savings Programs, Pennsylvania Treasury Department | Katy McKee - Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project | Joy Smith - Program Director, AHEDD | Candy Vazquez - Disability Advocate and Consultant
This session is meant to help people to make decisions based on knowledge and not fear.
Participants will hear from subject matter experts that will assist them in making informed
decisions, provide them with information to have greater control of their finances, and help them to
plan for a more financially secure future, all while maintaining their critical health care benefits.
Presenters will provide an organized, thematic view of the complex and important social programs.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 | Rodef Shalom Congregation
9:30 am - 4:00 pm | Lunch is included | FREE for participants from southwestern PA, $10/per person for participants from outside the region
RSVP by January 21 to Kelly Gremba at 412-299-2231 or Merakey_AVS@merakey.org. | The program innovation and transformation project has been made possible by a grant to Merakey AVS from Polk Foundation.
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