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State and federal benefits programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment, cash assistance, SNAP, disability assistance.

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SSI and Social Security disability are federal programs that help people who cannot work because of a disability. Your disability could be a physical condition or a mental health condition. Read this to find out about the two programs (SSI and SSDI), how to apply, how to appeal and more.

Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

This video describes the rights of students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These are federal laws, so the information is true no matter where you live.

It is against the law for someone to be treated differently because of their race or color, national origin, gender, sex, religion, and more. Here is information on how filing a discrimination complaint with the State of Connecticut.

A Notice of Overpayment is a letter that says you owe Social Security money. This article is for people who get SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). If you get SSI, you should read the article about SSI Overpayments because the rules are different.

A Notice of Overpayment is a letter that says you owe Social Security money. This article is for people who get SSI (Supplemental Security Income). If you get SSDI, you should read the article about SSDI Overpayments because the rules are different.

If your family has very low income or no income at all, you may be able to get cash assistance. Find out how much cash assistance you could get, how long it could last, special help for people experiencing family violence, and more.

Do you need help paying your bills? Find out about programs that can provide cash, food, housing, medical care, child care, energy assistance, and more. This information can help people with or without kids, veterans, people who have a disability, teens living on their own, and more.

SNAP (also called food stamps) is a program that helps people with low income buy food.

This benefits survey will help you determine if you could get help to pay for things like food, health insurance, and child care.

By answering just a few questions you can see if you may be able to get help with groceries, school lunches, your doctor bills, medication, heating costs, or even money for your day-to-day expenses.

TFA is Temporary Family Assistance. It’s usually called "welfare" or "state." TFA is Connecticut’s cash assistance program for low-income parents, including teenage parents, and their children.

If you don’t register with FEMA by June 18, 2018, you cannot apply for Hurricane Maria help from FEMA.

This article explains what SSI is, whether household income matters in SSI, and more.

A Notice of Overpayment is a letter that says you owe Social Security money. This article is for people who get SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance). If you get SSI, you should read the article about SSI Overpayments because the rules are different.

A Notice of Overpayment is a letter that says you owe Social Security money. This article is for people who get SSI (Supplemental Security Income). If you get SSDI, you should read the article about SSDI Overpayments because the rules are different.

I am in the United States legally and I want to stay. Will getting government benefits hurt my chances of getting a Green Card or becoming a U.S. Citizen?

Medicaid is health insurance that helps people pay some or all of their medical bills. It may be free for families with children, pregnant women, and adults without children at home, depending on their income.

Medicaid (also called Title 19) is a federal health insurance program. It pays medical bills for people and families with low income and few resources.

If you are on Medicare, you have medical expenses you pay yourself (called out-of-pocket expenses). These expenses may include monthly premiums, deductibles, coinsurance or co-pays. Read this article to find out about programs that may pay some of your out-of-pocket expenses.

Watch this video to learn about how to apply and appeal for disability at Social Security. This video covers federal laws so the information in it is true no matter what state you live in.

If you don’t register with FEMA by June 18, 2018, you cannot apply for Hurricane Maria help from FEMA.

Were you affected by the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands?

You should make sure Social Security has your correct address on file. You can learn more about the new cards on the Medicare website.

This article explains what SSI is, whether household income matters in SSI, and more.

If the Connecticut Department of Labor Board of Review made a decision about your unemployment case and you think their decision was wrong, this guide can help you appeal to Connecticut’s Superior Court.

You should apply for unemployment as soon as possible after you leave a job, even if you quit your job or were fired.

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