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BenePhilly Programs Presentation

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Jessica Biggert presented on the assistance available at BenePhilly at the July 2017 meeting of the Positive Committee.

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BenePhilly Programs Presentation

  1. 1. BenePhilly For Your Benefit
  2. 2. I’m looking forward to help with the food and not having to worry about asking my children if they can help me… I really appreciate your help. -Ms. J, age 66 BDT Mission • BDT is a national not-for- profit committed to transforming how people in need access public benefits • BDT partners with diverse entities to create a benefits access system that is simple, comprehensive, and cost effective 2
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  4. 4. On average BDT increases household income by 12% INDIVIDUAL IMPACT 4
  5. 5. The BDT model saves government caseworkers 30 minutes per SNAP case, putting money back into agencies’ SYSTEMS IMPACT 5
  6. 6. BDT has infused over $12 Billion dollars in economic activity to local economies. SOCIAL IMPACT 6
  7. 7. SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL
  8. 8. SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL Targeted Identification Comprehensive Application Assistance Effective Outreach
  9. 9. SERVICE DELIVERY MODEL Continual Evaluation Proactive Thought Leadership Strategic Systems Change
  10. 10. BDT’s Client Experience 10
  11. 11. BENEPHILLY OVERVIEW 11
  12. 12. • BenePhilly started in 2008 • Expanded in 2014 • Key partners: Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity (CEO), PA Dep. of Human Services (DHS), PA Dept. of Aging (PDA), network of community partners History 12
  13. 13. 1. Single point of access for multiple federal, state and city benefits 2. Streamlining the application process and increasing enrollment 3. Comprehensive benefits access model, including sites for in-person assistance BenePhilly Innovations 13
  14. 14. BenePhilly Centers 14
  15. 15. He went above and beyond the call. I’m an old man, and I don’t old understand half of these things. Every question I asked him, he gave me a good answer in a language I can understand. He did a wonderful, wonderful job. Benefits Suite  PACE/PACENET: PA Rx assistance program  Property Tax/Rent Rebate: Rebates up to $975  Medicare Extra Help /LIS: Part D Rx assistance  SNAP/Food Stamps: Help paying for groceries  LIHEAP: Heating assistance  Medical Assistance/CHIP: Public health insurance programs  MSP: Assistance with Medicare Part B Premium  Homestead Exemption: City Tax benefit  TANF: Cash assistance for families with children  PHL Pre K/CCIS: Childcare subsidies  Screenings for: WIC, UI, SSDI/SSI  Additional benefits offered by in-person BenePhilly Centers (CAP, CRP, SPBP, benefit recertifications, etc…) 15
  16. 16. BENEFITS OVERVIEW 16
  17. 17. • PA State Pharmaceutical Assistance Program • Prescription co-pay & premium assistance • Works with Medicare Part D & other types of insurance OR can stand alone • Works with other benefits such as Extra Help and Medicare Savings Program • Cannot have PACE and full Medicaid benefits at the same time PACE/PACENET 17
  18. 18. • Must be 65+ • Income eligibility $23,500 (single), $31,500 (married) – Based on last year’s income • No resource limit • PA resident/no citizenship requirements PACE Eligibility 18
  19. 19. • Subsidy for Medicare beneficiaries with low income & resources • Lowers Medicare Part D premiums, co-pays, & deductibles • Administered by the Social Security Administration Medicare Extra Help 19
  20. 20. • 150% FPL • Resource limits: ~12,000 (single), ~25,000 (married) • Must be eligible for Medicare • Must have/be willing to enroll in Part D Extra Help Eligibility 20
  21. 21. • Rebate for property taxes of rent paid in previous year – Includes many different types of renting arrangements • Must apply every year • Rebates up to $650 (+ supplemental $$) PTRR 21
  22. 22. • Income limit: $35,000 (homeowners), $15,000 (renters) – Only 50% of Social Security Income counted • Income based on previous year • No asset test PTRR Eligibility 22
  23. 23. • Benefit to households to pay heating costs – Cash grants: $200-$1,000 – Crisis grants: restore heat/weatherization • 2016/2017 season: Nov 1 – Mar 31 • Grants typically sent directly to fuel provider LIHEAP 23
  24. 24. • Household = anyone living as an “economic unit” in same residence – Can exclude unrelated roomers • 150% FPL • Must verify responsibility to pay for heat – Pays heating bill – Heat inc. with rent • No asset test LIHEAP Eligibility 24
  25. 25. • Formerly known as “food stamps” • Assistance for groceries/food • Benefit amount for 1 person: $16-$189/month • Can provide “special allowances” for work or training activities SNAP 25
  26. 26. • Very complicated! • Income limit: 160%/200% • Deductions for: – Shelter expenses – Utilities – Medical expenses (seniors/disabled) • NO asset test • Certain restrictions for immigrants SNAP Eligibility 26
  27. 27. • Public health insurance program • Many categories/different ways to qualify • Includes: – MSP (pays Medicare Part B) – CHIP (coverage for any uninsured child – MAWD • BenePhilly can also support enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplace Medical Assistance 27
  28. 28. • Eligibility varies by category • Any U.S. citizen or lawfully present immigrant is eligible for either MA or HIM coverage Medical Assistance Eligibility 28
  29. 29. • Cash assistance program – Small monthly grants provided via EBT • Complicated application process: – In-person interview – Work requirements – Child support collection • Under-utilized benefit! TANF 29
  30. 30. • Available only to pregnant women and guardians/parents of children • Extremely low income/asset limits • Must comply with application requirements • Sanctions TANF Eligibility 30
  31. 31. • NEW exciting benefit! • Funded through Phila’s sugar beverage tax • Currently slots available to enroll 3-4 year olds (starting Jan 4th) • NO INCOME OR ASSET LIMITS • Ultimate goal = Universal pre-K Philly Pre-K 31
  32. 32. • Child care subsidy – Can be used at a number of childcare providers or private care givers • Waiting list – TANF families and teen parents prioritized CCIS 32
  33. 33. • 200% FPL • Children 0-13 and 13-18 with disabilities/special needs • Work/training/education requirement for parents – Some exceptions • Child is citizen or qualifiedimmigrant CCIS Eligibility 33
  34. 34. • Homestead Exemption – Any homeowner – No income/asset limits • Senior Citizen Property Tax Freeze – Homeowners 65+ – Income limit ~200% FPL • Senior Citizen Water Discount – 65+ – Pays water bill – Income limit $31,500 (household) Philadelphia Benefit Programs 34
  35. 35. • Referral benefits: – WIC – SSI/SSDI – Unemployment • Benefits offered by in-person Centers • Services offered by BenePhilly Center agencies • Connection with FECs Other Services 35
  36. 36. • BenePhilly has a special partnership with CLS • CLS can assist with cases, including: – Benefit denials/shut-offs – SSI denials or cuts in SSDI/SSI – Utility shut-offs – Expungement – Wage theft/unlawful workplace practices CLS Referrals 36
  37. 37. HOW TO REFER 37
  38. 38. "I just wanted to let you know you had a really good representative. He was really helpful and he gave me and my boyfriend a lot of good information about receiving Medicaid. He had no idea that he was going to be able to receive that. “ - Ms. M, 23 How we can help 38 • Educate households about benefits • Complete application questions and understand verification requirements • Follow-up with administering agencies • Schedule appointments at an in-person BenePhilly Center
  39. 39. “I just wanted to say how grateful I am for his help and the coverage he helped me regain after my husband lost his job” -Ms. M, age 44 How to Refer 39 •Provide BenePhilly hotline number, or referral flyer to clients •Our Benefit Specialist will guide clients through full process or scheduling in-person appointment •Stay on the line and work alongside a Benefits Outreach Specialist •Check in with us if you/your client needs help!
  40. 40. “At this point I am so grateful. Anything would be a help. I'm was thrilled that just a simple phone call went so easily. Hopefully it will Info to Have Ready  Household size  Household income  Household resources (bank accounts, investments, vehicles, etc.)  Household expenses  Medical expenses/current medical coverage  Enrollment status in benefits 40
  41. 41. How to Reach Us 41 All in-person BenePhilly Centers offer evening and weekend hours.
  42. 42. I can’t thank you enough. Right now I’m very happy, I’m almost in tears. [You] spent an hour with me on the phone. I’m trying to do the best I can at my age…I just needed some help. That $150 would be a great help to pay for [food.] I thank you very much and your department. -Mr. B, age 81 42 Questions?

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