Benefits for People with Disabilities
Government Benefit Programs
To learn more about SSDI and SSI and to estimate your benefits visit www.ssa.gov or call; 1-800-772-1213 V, 1-800-325-0778 TTY.
The following is a list of all the Social Security Offices in the state of New Hampshire. These offices will be able to assist you with your Social Security application and any issues you may have with the Social Security application process.
New Hampshire Social Security Field Offices:
- Concord Office: 70 Commercial St. Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301-5005 1-888-397-9798
- Keene Office: 34 Mechanic St., Keene, NH 03431 1-877-405-3651
- Littleton Office: 177 Main St., Littleton, NH 03561 1-877-405-7658
- Manchester Office: 2 Wall St. Suite 301, Manchester, NH 03101 1-866-814-5408
- Nashua Office: 175 Amherst St. Suite 2 Nashua, NH 03064 1-877-444-0134
- Portsmouth Office: 80 Daniel St. Federal Bldg. Rm 200, Portsmouth, NH 03802 1-888-397-9796
Medicare is health insurance for people age 65 or older, under age 65 with certain disabilities, and any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). The different parts of Medicare help cover specific services if you meet certain conditions. Medicare has the following parts:
Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance): Helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, Helps cover skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health care
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance): Helps cover doctors’ services and outpatient care, Helps cover some preventive services to help maintain your health and to keep certain illnesses from getting worse
Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage Plans) (like an HMO or PPO): A health coverage choice run by private companies approved by Medicare, Includes Part A, Part B, and usually other coverage including prescription drugs.
Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage): Helps cover the cost of prescription drugs, May help lower your prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future. See below.
Get a free book on Medicare at www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/10050.pdf
State Offices www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/
Helpful Contacts page http://www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/
Contact Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 for Medicare enrollment and eligibility
Medicare Service Center: 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) ; 877-486-2048 TTY
Report Medicare Fraud & Abuse: 800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)
The Medicare Beneficiaries Savings Program assists low-income elderly or disabled individuals who are eligible for Medicare by paying for some or all of the associated costs of Medicare, specifically the Medicare Insurance Premiums and deductibles. The Medicare Beneficiaries Savings Program is also referred to as the Buy-In program.
1-800/852-3345 x4238 or 603-271-4238 or your local DHHS office Case Manager
The Division of Family Assistance (DFA) administers programs and services for eligible NH residents by providing financial, medical, food & nutritional assistance, help with child care costs and emergency help to obtain and keep safe housing.
1-800/852-3345 x4238 or 603-271-4238 or your local DHHS office Div. Of Family Assistance
CIP (Catastrophic Illness Program)
a state funded program designed to provide financial assistance to individual adults with the specific medical conditions of cancer, hemophilia, end stage renal disease, cystic fibrosis, spinal cord injuries, and multiple sclerosis. Available assistance is limited to $2500 per client per fiscal year, (July 1 through June 30), based on income and resources. All inquiries to the program or applications for assistance should be directed to the CIP Program Coordinator.
CIP Program Coordinator 1-800-852-3345 ext. 4495. Or 603-271-9203 or 1-800-351-1888 (V); 1-800-735-2964 (TDD)
Assisted Living & Other Housing Services
Assisted Living Services are designed for adults who qualify for nursing home care and can no longer manage independent living in their own homes. Assisted living facilities provide a wide variety of support services based on the specific needs of the resident, such as: Nursing Care and Personal Care, Nutrition and Homemaker Services , Medication Management.
Residential Care Services provide support for adults who qualify for care in residential settings, community-based settings that allow for maximum individual independence and are tailored to individual needs. Often these settings are appropriate for frail seniors and adults with disabilities who need more personal assistance and supervision than possible with care at home. Some of the available Adult Residential Care Services are: Meal and Homemaker Services, Personal Care and Individually Tailored Supports, Adult Day and Nursing Care, Socialization.
Congregate Housing Support Services provide housing combined with community based support services to aging adults and adults with disabilities who are residents of federally assisted housing. These services include professional service coordination in addition to non-medical support services. Services are available in nine locations, each run by local housing authorities, and are tailored to individual needs that may include: Meals and Homemaker Services, Personal Assistance and Nursing care, Socialization, Transportation, Case management. http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/beas/housing.htm.
Find nursing homes and assisted living facilities in NH at www.nhhca.org
Find County Nursing Homes at www.nh.gov/government/local.html
Compare nursing homes at www.medicare.gov/NHCompare/Include/DataSection/Questions/SearchCriteriaNEW.asp
603-271-9203 or 1-800-351-1888 (V);1-800-735-2964 (TDD)
State & Local Resources
NH Medicaid Program
The Medicaid program is a federal and state funded program that serves needy individuals and families who meet financial and other eligibility requirements and certain other individuals who lack adequate resources to pay for medical care. If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid can make it possible for you to get the care that you need so that you can get healthy – and stay healthy.
Medicaid is available only to certain low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Medicaid does not pay money to you; instead, it sends payments directly to your health care providers. Depending on your state's rules, you may also be asked to pay a small part of the cost (co-payment) for some medical services. Medicaid is a state administered program and each state sets its own guidelines regarding eligibility and services. The NH Medicaid program pays for certain health care costs, including prescriptions, for individuals with very low incomes.
See the Federal Poverty Guidelines at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/08poverty.shtml.
Go to Kaiser Family Foundationwww.kff.org/medicaid/benefits/ to learn about Medicaid benefits in your state, and www.kff.org/medicaid/7334.cfm.
Also see, www.govbenefits.gov, www.disabilityinfo.org.
Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services http://www.medicaid.gov/
or NH DHHS http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/medicaid/index.htm
NH DHHS 1-800-852-3345, ext 4344 or 603-271-4344 (V)
NH Medication Bridge Program
This program is sponsored by the Foundation for Healthy Communities and assists individuals with lower incomes who do not have insurance coverage for prescription drugs. Income limits may vary widely depending upon the medication and manufacturer. www.healthynh.com/fhc/initiatives/access/medicationbridge.php; 603-225-0900
Service Link Resource Center
A statewide network of community-based resources for seniors, adults with disabilities and their families. There is no cost related to use ServiceLink and it is available to anyone who needs assistance, advice or help with an issue relating to a senior or disabled adult living in the community. www.servicelink.nh.gov/; 1-866-634-9412
Medicare Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage
Provides helpful information about important changes. See above “Medicare” http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/ombp/partd.htm
Veterans Administration New England Health Care System
United States veterans who were honorably discharged from active military service are eligible for discounted medications. www.va.gov or
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/beas/prescription.htm; Manchester NH, VA Medical Center, 1-800-892-8384, ext 6073
Check with your states Dept. of Health & Human Services for any state benefits you might qualify for. In New Hampshire that is www.dhhs.nh.gov; 1-800/852-3345
Check with you municipal welfare or human services office for local assistance www.nh.gov/municipal/
Benefits for injured workers under workers' compensation. Workers' compensation starts on the fourth day of disability (subject to a three day period). The waiting period is waived if the disability continues for 14 days or longer or if an employee returns to temporary alternative employment within five days. www.nh.gov/labor/workers-comp/index.htm; 603/271-3176 or 1-800/272-4353
Pregnancy itself is not considered a disability in New Hampshire. However, if disabling conditions result from the pregnancy, eligibility for benefits would come under some of the above programs. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) would also apply. Private employers with six or more employees must allow a female employee to take time off from work for disability resulting from pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. State employees are entitled to up to six months of unpaid maternity leave under New Hampshire Pregnancy Laws, in addition to benefits and protection provided by federal law. The first federal law to protect new parents was the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA), an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The PDA was passed in 1978 and makes it illegal for employers to fire, refuse to hire, or deny a woman a promotion because she is pregnant. www.nh.gov/hrc/pregnancy/common.html; 603/271-2767
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