Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle

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Benefits Plus ® is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients. Professionals will learn how a program works, how to access the benefit and what steps to take when action is needed. Get all of this plus access to valuable resources, government contacts, and more.

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Benefits Plus Updates

Originally published in January 2010 Benefits Plus® is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures.

On the chart below are a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. To view all updates/changes since publication, go to an individual chapter (for example, Cash Assistance), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance). Once there, click on "Current As Of" in the upper right hand corner of the header. A window will open up to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication. If you want to view updates in prior years, click on a selected year to view updates for that year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Current As Of".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Medicare November 2018

Enrolling in Medicare: Added information on the new Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period that is available beginning January 1, 2019.

Medicare Part D November 2018

Enrolling in Medicare Part D: Revised information on the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period as per the changes from CMS.

Description of Medicare Part D: Updated the information on drug costs during the donut hole and changes as a result of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the case examples.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) October 2018

Qualifying for HEAP: Updated the HEAP income eligibility guidelines for the 2018-2019 season.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits October 2018

Qualifying for Unemployment Insurance: Updated the amount of maximum wages required to be eligible.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) October 2018

Budgeting the SNAP Benefit Amount: Updated SUA Levels, standard deduction, and excess shelter costs.

Qualifying for SNAP: Updated gross income guidelines and updated monthly SNAP allotment.