Benefit Assistance – Disabled / Elderly
ADRC of Marquette County A one stop shop aimed at providing accurate information on State and Federal Benefits through the Disability and Elderly Benefit Specialist Programs.
- Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS): The Disability Benefit Specialist (DBS) assists persons with disabilities between the ages of 18 and 59. The DBS provides information, assistance, advocacy, and in some cases representation. A DBS can assist with initial applications, denials of eligibility, termination of benefits, and overpayments of both public and private benefits. A DBS can also help those who want to apply for Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as disability through the Social Security Administration.
- Elderly Benefit Specialist (EBS): The Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) assists persons 60 and older. The EBS can counsel persons about public and private benefits and help them apply for benefits. The EBS can sometimes assist people who have been denied a benefit that they think they are entitled to receive. An EBS can connect people to needed resources and can often advocate on a person’s behalf. Benefit specialists can help with a variety of programs and issues, including: Medicare, Medical Assistance, SeniorCare, Extra help with Prescription Drug Costs, Food Share, SSI, Social Security, Landlord/Tenant/Evictions, Medical Debt Remediation, etc.
Aging & Disability Resource Center of Adams, Green Lake, & Waushara Counties
Disability Benefit Specialists: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/benefit-specialists/dbs.htm Free benefit counseling for individuals with disabilities under age 60 regarding public benefits and entitlement programs. Contact your county Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Elderly Benefit Specialists: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/benefit-specialists/ebs.htm Free benefit counseling for individuals age 60 +, regarding Medicare, health insurance, entitlements, and public benefit programs. Contact your county Aging and Disability Resource Center or your Tribal Agency.
Options for Independent Living, Inc.: Empowers people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives. Services include: Advocacy, independent living skills, information and referrals, education, and technology, peer support, Work Incentives Benefits Counseling, Assistive technology, HOME loan program, Medicaid personal care program, Accessibility assessments, Equipment loan program, Wisloan/ Telework Alzheimer’s/Dementia Services, ADA Consultation Services, and 504 Public housing assessments. Mon – Fri, 8 – 4:30
555 Country Club Rd.
Green Bay, WI 54313
(920) 490-0500 or (888) 465-1515
TTY: (920) 490-0600
Work Incentive Benefit Specialist (WIBS) – Employment Resources Inc.: The Work Incentive Benefit Specialist (WIBS) assists persons 18 to 59. The WIBS can counsel persons on disability who are working and/or are wanting to work. The WIBS can answer questions regarding the state and federal work incentives, and how employment may affect their SSI and/or SSDI benefits, healthcare, and foodshare. They can also discuss how the Social Security Ticket to Work, and Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS) programs work. Additional information provided in Employment Section.
2701 International Lane, Suite 210
Madison, WI 53704
(855) 401-8549 or (608) 246-3444
To find a Work Incentive Benefit Specialist in your area please check out https://www.wibsa.org/wibsa-directory