Promoting Public Benefits Access Through Web-Based Tools and Outreach: A National Scan of Efforts. Volume II: Detailed Summary Tables of Benefits Access Efforts. Disability Benefits 101



Disability Benefits 101 is a website on health coverage and benefits programs for workers and job seekers with a disability. Launched in California in 2004 by the World Institute on Disability’s Employment Disability Benefits Initiative, formerly the California Work Incentives Initiative., Disability Benefits 101 provides easy–to-read descriptions of state, federal, and private benefit programs. It also includes a series of benefits calculators. These allow users to enter information about their circumstances and see how changes in employment and living arrangements might affect their income and eligibility for benefit programs. The website is available in different iterations in California, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Jersey. But the only screening capability in the Michigan and New Jersey versions is a benefits-to-work calculator that provides information for disability benefit recipients on how their current benefits (income and health coverage) would change if they took a job. The benefits-to-work calculator is designed for job seekers who are 18 to 65 years old. The California and Minnesota versions include screeners for a range of benefit programs including TANF, SNAP, Medicaid, SSI/DI, EITC, LIHEAP, federal housing assistance, federal child care assistance, General Assistance, Medicare, prescription drug assistance, separate state welfare programs, and home and community-based services.

Key benefit programs included

SNAP, Medicaid, SSI/DI, LIHEAP, EITC, federal housing assistance programs, federal child care assistance

Other benefit programs included

General Assistance, prescription drug assistance, separate state welfare programs, Medicare, home- and community-based services, Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS), Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), Ticket to Work, Workplace Personal Assistance, Pell Grants

Key technological components

Online screener/benefits calculator

Other key components

None known

Target population

Individuals with disabilities

Geographic reach

Multiple states

State/s (abbreviation)


Locality (cities or counties)


Selected sources of information

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