Clearwater COG began offering benefits coordination and analysis services in August 2015. It was quickly discovered that this was a much needed area of support. Currently, the COG provides benefits coordination and analysis services to the following member counties: Erie, Ottawa, and Seneca.
What is Benefits Analysis and Coordination?
* A review of the past benefits to make certain the individual is currently in the most appropriate benefits scenario. Sometimes mistakes are made and it can take time to be recognized and corrected. This can result in benefits paid incorrectly.
*Review current goals and dreams of the individual to determine the best options moving forward for employment.
*A meeting with the individual to discuss the findings in the benefits analysis.
*Assistance in reporting appropriate income exclusions and work incentives.
*A review and explanation regarding correspondence with the Social Security Administration as needed.
*Help with applications and redetermination forms with federal and state funded benefit programs.
*Benefits Coordination is designed to teach the individual about the benefit programs that apply to the individual. The goal is to be self-sufficient and the benefits coordinator will assist in teaching and supplying resources to reach this goal.
Who needs Benefits Analysis and Coordination?
Short Answer… EVERYONE receiving benefits who has worked, is working, or plans to work.
* Individuals who plan to start or return to work.
*Individuals who plan to accept or seek a higher-paying job.
*Individuals who want to become entrepreneurs.
*Individuals who would like to stop working.
*Individuals who have their hours cut.
*Individuals who are in transition.
*Individuals who are in need of benefits.
What is the Purpose of Benefits Analysis?
A benefits analysis will help one understand how working will impact cash, medical, housing, and food benefits. When a benefits analysis is completed, the analyst will help an individual learn, explore, and utilize work incentives. A plan is created to help the individual transition in the given situation.
What Can Benefits Services do For Me?
* Create an understanding of how working and earning wages will affect your public benefits.
*Develop a relationship to provide ongoing assistance to help you manage your benefits as you transition into employment, increase your earnings, or complete any life transition.
*Assist with development and implementation of PASS Plans and other Work Incentives that assist you to achieve your employment goal.
*Understand the guidelines of all Work Incentives available for your situation.
*Explain and outline the benefits of employment as a person who receives disability benefits from Social Security while dispelling the myths about working.
*Analyze how work and earnings may impact your Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), health care, and other public benefits.
*Ensure informed choices.
*Get rid of fear in pursuing employment.
*Problem solving and advocacy.
*Information and referral about other resources available to you in the community.
*Obtain benefits needed through applications and appeals.