Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle


Welcome to Benefits Plus

Benefits Plus ® is the premier comprehensive, searchable online resource on over 80 different federal, state and local government benefit programs for social service professionals.

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, and updated regularly, Benefits Plus provides the information professionals need to better assist their clients. Professionals will learn how a program works, how to access the benefit and what steps to take when action is needed. Get all of this plus access to valuable resources, government contacts, and more.

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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus, you can tour it by clicking on any of the 9 different categories on the right. Each category contains chapters related to that category topic. When you click on a chapter, you will be able to view the chapter's outline, as well as open the “Overview” section.

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Benefits Plus Updates

Originally published in January 2010 Benefits Plus® is updated regularly throughout the calendar year as changes occur in a program's guidelines or procedures. 

On the chart below are a few of the most recent updates; not all updates are listed below. To view all updates/changes since publication, go to an individual chapter (for example, Cash Assistance ), click on a section (for example, Qualifying for Cash Assistance ). Once there, click on "Current As Of" in the upper right hand corner of the header. A window will open up to reveal the current year's updates, additions, revisions, and corrections, if any, that have been made to that section since publication. If you want to view updates in prior years, click on a selected year to view updates for that year. In addition, experts in the subject area periodically review the individual chapters; this information is found under "Current As Of".

Chapter Last Updated Change
Affordable Care Act (ACA) February 2019

Description of the Affordable Care Act: Updated the tax filing thresholds for tax year 2018.

EPIC February 2019

Description of EPIC: Updated EPIC assistance with paying for the Medicare Part D premium and case examples.

Description of EPIC: Updated the annual deductible amounts and case examples.

Medicare Part D February 2019

Low-Income Subsidy: Updated the Low Income Subsidy income and resource guidelines, updated the rules on switching plans.

Social Security & SSI Appeals February 2019

Levels of the Social Security Appeals Process: Updated information regarding the levels of appeals in NYS, after SSA eliminated the disability prototype model in NYS and nine other states.

Section 8 Voucher Program March 2019

Calculating The Subsidy and The Tenant’s Share Of Rent: Revised entire section.

Housing Court March 2019

Nonpayment Proceedings: Revised entire section.

Child Support March 2019

Obtaining a Child Support Order: Updated the NYS self-support reserve amount as well as the federal poverty level.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) March 2019

Returning to Work: Updated threshold amount for 1619b.

Child Health Plus April 2019

Qualifying for Child Health Plus: Updated the CHP income guidelines.

Emergency Safety Net Assistance (ESNA) April 2019

Qualifying for Emergency Safety Net Assistance: Updated Emergency Safety Net Assistance income eligibility guidelines.

Emergency Assistance to Families (EAF) April 2019

Qualifying for Emergency Assistance to Families: Updated Emergency Assistance to Families income eligibility guidelines.

DRIE April 2019

Overview: Revised entire DRIE chapter.