Elder Benefit Specialist Program (EBS)
An elder benefit specialist is a person trained to help older persons who are having a problem with their private or government benefits.
County and tribal benefit specialist are often called “Red Tape Cutters” because they are experts at helping older persons with the extensive and complicated paperwork that is often required in benefit programs. They help older persons figure out what benefits they are entitled to and tell them what they must do to receive them.
Elder Benefit specialist receive ongoing training and are monitored by attorneys knowledgeable in elder law. The attorneys are also available to assist older persons in need of legal representation on benefit matters.
Disability Benefit Specialist Program (DBS)
Disability benefit specialists provide assistance to people with disabilities between the ages 18 to 59. Disability benefit specialists provide information and assistance with public and private benefit programs including application and appeal procedures. There is no charge for this service.
How Can a Disability Benefit Specialist Help You?
- Provide accurate information on public and private benefits and programs;
- Help determine which benefits and programs you may be entitled to;
- Help you to fill out applications for benefits, programs and services;
- Talk with you about your choices and the programs or services that might best meet your needs;
- Provide assistance in obtaining or retaining benefits and services;
- Provide referrals, assistance and support on other matters including disability rights and the impact of earnings on financial eligibility for public benefits.
- In some case, you may receive representation in formal appeals related to denials of eligibility, termination of benefits or overpayment of public and private benefits.
What Programs Can a Disability Benefit Specialist Help With?
Here are some areas and programs the disability benefit specialist can help you with:
- Medicaid (Medical Assistance)
- Social Security Disability (SSDI)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Medicare, including Part D
- Prescription Drug Assistance
- Low-Income Tax Credits
- Insurance Issues
- Housing and Utility Issues
How to find a Disability Benefit Specialist
Disability benefit specialist services are available at your Local Aging and Disability Resource Center
To learn more about the Disability Benefit Specialist program:
- Visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/benefit-specialist
- Call the Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources at 608-266-2536