Produced by the Public Interest Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin in partnership with State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE®
Make friends with public benefits
In the early days of COVID-19, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency (PHE) to help the nation address the impacts of the virus. The PHE declaration created flexibilities in healthcare benefit programs that simplified vaccine access, allowed for more widespread use of telehealth services, provided emergency FoodShare benefits, and required Medicaid programs to keep beneficiaries continuously enrolled in coverage. With Congress’s decoupling of FoodShare and Medicaid protections from the PHE and its scheduled expiration in May of 2023, what will be the “new normal” for public benefits?
You’ll find answers to your most pressing benefits questions at For Everyone’s Benefit: Public Benefits Beyond the Basics. Be prepared to react to the unwinding of the PHE and anticipate your clients’ future eligibility for benefits like Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, and FoodShare.
Confined clients are still clients
Gain a better understanding of how incarceration impacts an individual’s eligibility for and receipt of public benefits by answering questions like:
- How do different types of confinement impact the application of, or continued receipt of, benefits?
- What happens to benefits and eligibility during confinement?
- How can you prepare a client who will soon be released from confinement?
- What reentry support will clients need to ensure their continued success?
Plus, unravel the rules and regulations that create confusion for tribal members seeking benefits. You’ll also hear a practical discussion of issues and challenges in navigating the public benefits system from the perspective of stakeholders like public defenders, community support specialists, and agency staff.
Find the clarity you need at For Everyone’s Benefit: Public Benefits Beyond the Basics..