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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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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
Medicaid January 2019

Institutional Medicaid: Updated the income amounts, the transfer of assets penalty amount, the value of the home that is exempt.

Home and Community Based Waiver Services: Updated the income and resource guidelines for waiver programs, as well as the maximum value of the home

Qualifying for Medicaid: Updated the income guidelines and other financial criteria for 2019.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) January 2019

Qualifying for Supplemental Security Income: Updated the SSI monthly income guidelines and benefit levels. Updated the earned income exclusion amount of blind or disabled student.

Description of Supplemental Security Income: Updated SSI benefit amounts.

Budgeting Income: Updated the Congregate Care Facility Rates and updated case examples with 2019 SSI Levels.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) January 2019

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance: Updated amount of earnings to earn a quarter of coverage in 2019 and updated the earnings amount for substantial gainful activity (SGA) for the disabled and blind, including case examples.

Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance: Updated representative payee information to include individuals who are exempt from completing the annual Representative Payee Report.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) December 2018

Overview: Updated information regarding the December 14, 2018 Texas Court decision ruling the ACA is unconstitutional. The Court's decision does not effect 2019 enrollment or coverage.

Description of the Affordable Care Act: Updated information on exemptions and the financial amounts needed to meet the exemption requirement for tax year 2018.

Overview: Updated the history based on changes in law, regulations and procedures regarding the Affordable Care Act.