Government Benefits & Services

General Government Benefits & Services Articles

Each year, the US Department of Health and Human Services updates the federal poverty guidelines. These are a list of annual income amounts, based on the number of people in a household. Different programs use the guidelines in different ways.

Disability Services

Social Security benefits may be available to people who cannot work due to a medical condition that's expected to last at least one year or result in death.
The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support.

Food Programs

Rights of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applicants and recipients.
WIC helps parents under age 5 with nutrition education, supplemental foods, and care referrals

Income Assistance

EAFC is a program to support the income of families in need.
The Family Investment Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources is the central coordinating and directing agency of all public assistance programs in the State, one of which is the Family Investment Program (FIP). This program is administered locally by county social services departments with the ultimate goal of providing employment and training activities, supportive services, and benefits that enable recipients to get jobs and improve their economic circumstances.
Benefit amount varies depending on individual and household circumstances.

Medical Benefits

Medical assistance in Maryland is provided through a large variety of state and federal programs. This overview provides basic information about four categories of help that are available, as well as links to more detailed information about specific programs. The four categories are Medicaid, Medicare, the Maryland Health Connection, and a set of state programs designed to help with prescription drugs.
What counts as countable household income for the Primary Adult Care program
This article answers frequently asked questions about medical assistance and nursing home care. Prepared by: Long Term Care Assistance Project, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
The Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program (MADAP) ensures that people living with HIV/AIDS in Maryland have access to certain medications they need to help them stay healthy.
The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.
If you are eligible, you could get free or low-cost health care through Medicaid, also called Medical Assistance.
Medical Assistance (also called Medicaid) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care.
This brochure from Maryland Legal Aid describes your rights concerning Medical Assistance programs.
Medicare Part C, also known as "Medicare Advantage" is an alternative to coverage under Medicare Parts A and B.
The Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) program is a state program to help people with lower income pay for out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as deductibles, co-payments and premiums
Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Qualified Individual program (QI) program are state programs that helps pay for Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) premiums for people who have Part A (Hospital insurance) and limited income and resources.

Social Security

You can apply online, over the phone or in person for Social Security Retirement Benefits
Social Security Benefits for children of a recipient
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Benefits use the same definition of 'disabled.'
This article contains tools for determining an estimate of how much you will receive in Social Security benefits.
How to calculate the percentage of benefits you will receive if you retire.
A representative payee is a person who has been chosen by the Social Security Administration to receive a Social Security or Supplemental Security Income check on behalf of another person.
The U.S. Social Security Administration funds the Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits, which may be available to individuals who have earned sufficient Social Security credits and are 62 years old or older.
This article discusses issues involving Social Security benefits, SSI and the prison population.
Divorced spouses may be entitled to one half the wage earner's "full benefit" amount. The full benefit amount is based on the wage earner's work history.
Social Security benefits for surviving spouses and children.
Social Security Benefits for spouses.
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
The Program Operations Manual System, or POMS, is a massive, multi-volume manual of substantive and procedural material for the adjudication and processing of all claims under the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration.

Unemployment Programs

This article deals with eligibility and information you need to gather before applying.
This article deals with completing the application for benefits.
This article deals with appealing a denial of benefits.
This article provides statewide resources for getting help with your unemployment benefits claim.

Veterans' Services

Outline of disability compensation for veterans and how to apply.
Veterans pension benefits are calculated by the Veteran's Benefits Administration.