Solving the Public Benefit Puzzle


Welcome to Benefits Plus

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

Written by experienced advocates, reviewed by legal experts, updated regularly, Benefits Plus Online provides the information professionals need to learn how a program works, how to access the benefit, what steps to take when advocacy is needed, as well as providing valuable resources, government contacts, and more.

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If you are not a subscriber to Benefits Plus Online, 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
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) January 2018

NYS Nutrition Improvement Project (NYSNIP): Updated the threshold amount for high shelter cost and standardized monthly benefit amounts.

Medicaid February 2018

Qualifying for Medicaid: Updated non-MAGI income levels, equity value of the home, non-MAGI income disregards and corresponding case examples.

Medicare March 2018

Description of Medicare: Updated information on the elimination of payment caps for Occupational and Physical/Speech Pathology services.