What is a Disability Benefit Specialist?
A Disability Benefit Specialist is a person trained to help adults 17 1/2 to 59 years of age who are having a problem with their private or governmental benefits. They are often called “red tape cutters” because they are experts in supporting adults living with a disability with the extensive and complicated paperwork that is often required in accessing benefit programs. They assist adults with disabilities figure out what benefits they are entitled to and educate them on what they must do to receive them.
Our Disability Benefit Specialist receives ongoing training and legal support from attorneys at Disability Rights Wisconsin. The attorneys are also available to assist adults living with a disability in need of legal representation on benefit matters.
How Can a Disability Benefit Specialist Help You?
- Present accurate information on public and private benefits and programs;
- Assist in filling out applications for benefits, programs, and services;
- Support in obtaining or retaining benefits and services;
- Provide referrals, assistance and support on other matters including disability rights and the impact of earnings on financial eligibility for public benefits;
- Discuss formal appeals related to denials of eligibility, termination of benefits or overpayment of public or private benefits.
What Programs Can a Disability Benefit Specialist Help With?
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
- Medicare, including Part D
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Insurance Issues
- Prescription Drug Assistance
- Housing and Utility Issues