Benefits for Young People

Eligibility for Key Programs

Now that you’ve read some basic information about SSI, MA, MA-EPD, and private health care coverage, we can begin to look at the factors that will impact your eligibility for these key programs.

The rules for eligibility can seem very complicated. They are different for different programs and they can also be different depending on your age. In addition, you may be going through a period in your life during which you’re moving out of your parents’ home, going to college, or getting a job. Each of these changes can impact your benefits too!

The good news is that the DB101 website explains a lot and there are also people you can contact who can help you figure out these rules and answer your questions. DB101’s Chat with a Hub expert feature allows you to connect with a Hub expert using live chat, phone, or secure email. Anything you talk about is private.

The Hub expert can help you determine if you’re eligible for certain programs, understand your current benefits, get help using the DB101 website and estimators, and connect you to other resources.

Estimate How Your Benefits Could Change

When you get a job, or go to school, or get older, your eligibility and benefit amounts can change. DB101 includes Estimators that can help you predict how your benefits might change. For young people, the School and Work Estimator is especially helpful. After reading about benefits, try it out!

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