Benefit Specialists

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What do benefit specialists do?

Benefit specialists help older adults and people with disabilities understand, get, and keep public and private benefits, including health care, disability income, and programs that help save money.

A benefit specialist can help you with:

  • Health insurance, including Medicare, Medicaid, SeniorCare, and other programs that help cover health care costs.
  • Income, including Social Security Retirement and Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and debt collection.
  • Housing and utilities, including shutoffs, evictions, tenant rights, and financial assistance programs.
  • Expenses, including FoodShare, internet, and phone bills.
  • And more! See examples of the ways benefit specialists can help you.

Which benefit specialist is right for you?

Disability benefit specialists help people with disabilities ages 18 to 59.

Elder benefit specialists help people age 60 or older.

Work incentives benefit specialists help people who receive disability benefits with questions about returning to work.

Where can you find a benefit specialist?

You can find a disability benefit specialist or an elder benefit specialist at the aging and disability resource center or aging office in your county of residence.

If you are a tribal member, you may choose to contact a tribal benefit specialist.

If you are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deaf-Blind and need help with your benefits, you may choose to contact the Deaf disability benefit specialist at the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

If you have questions about how working might affect your disability benefits, contact a work incentives benefit specialist.

Last Revised: June 27, 2022