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* Can meet with the families to think through options of working and SSA benefits/Can assist with Individual Education Program (IEP)

* This service is available after the person is getting SSA benefits

* For individual assessment contact your local work incentive counselor

Banner resource information:

This service is available statewide by calling the following numbers:

* Southwestern PA . . .(866)802-4333

* Southeastern PA . . .(877)375-7139

* Central PA . . . . . (866)541-7005

* Northwestern PA . . .(866)627-8610

* Northeastern PA . . .(866)541-7005

Section 301 – Provision to Continue Receiving SSA Benefits

* Can continue to receive SSA cash benefits and also medical benefits if participating in an approved vocational rehabilitation program prior to age 18, or has an active IEP

* This section of the Social Security law can be used when a youth, at age 18 years, no longer meets the SSA medical qualifications

* www.hrtw.org/healthcare/sect_301.html   

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Appendix F: Social Security Administration (SSA) continued

Medicare 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

* Our national health insurance program for people age 65 and older and those individuals who have been on SSDI or SSDAC benefits for 2 years. Coverage may also be available for those who have End Stage Renal Disease and those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)

* Understands who is eligible and how to contact SSA

* Carries a Medicare card with them and contacts SSA if it is lost

* Is aware of Medicare premiums and coinsurance

* Knows how to look for a physician/supplier

* Is familiar with Medicare prescription drug act/Medicare savings programs

* Knows Medicare rights and appeals process

* Is aware of the Medicare web site www.medicare.gov   

* Understands they may be eligible for both Medicare and Medical Assistance (Medicaid)

* Medicare Prescription Drug Program

- Enrolls in a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan www.medicare.gov   

- Applies for Extra Help with Social Security Administration (those who are on Medical

- Assistance do not need to apply for Extra Help) www.socialsecurity.gov   

Considers all needs and is aware of Medigap insurance and Medicare Advantage Plans and knows where to go for help in deciding whether to purchase one and how to choose www.medicare.gov/Choices/Overview.asp   

Additional Information from www.youthlaw.org

The article, “Establishing Disability For Young Adults” was written for www.youthlaw.org November 3, 2003. The article alerts families to look more deeply into this benefit. This helps them to strategize, therefore limiting interruption or loss of benefits at a time when it is most crucial

* A youth must show a disability using the adult SSI standard which states that, for adults age 18 or older, SSA defines “disability” as the inability to engage in any substantial, gainful activity by reason of medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which can be expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death

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