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Health Insurance Premium Rebates

Some people can get 25% lower health insurance premiums.

Now Open: The Minnesota ABLE Plan!

The MN ABLE Plan can help you save up money without affecting your benefits.

2017 SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

In 2017, there will be small changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on the cost of living.

2017 Medicare Costs

For 2017, Medicare has adjusted some of the expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Key Dates for MNsure

Get health coverage for 2017 during MNsure open enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 until December 7.

New on DB101: Videos and ABLE Account Info

DB101 continues to add easy-to-understand information about benefits

Higher Asset Limits for Some Minnesota Programs

The GA, GRH, MFIP/DWP, and MSA, asset limits went up to $10,000 on June 1

ABLE Accounts Have Arrived

DB101 can help you see whether the nation’s first ABLE program might help you build assets while keeping benefits.

U.S. Department of Education to Forgive the Student Loan Debt of People with Disabilities

If you have a disability and have federal student loan debt, you can apply to have your debt forgiven and may get a letter about this.

2016 Medicare Costs

For 2016, Medicare has adjusted some of its expenses, but the Part B premium won't change for most people.

Starting April 5th: Training video and webinar series “Make Employment Part of Your Plan”

Register now for these webinars that help people with disabilities and professionals understand how competitive employment can be a real choice.

No SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) in 2016

In 2016, there will be no changes to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on the cost of living.

Key Dates for MNsure Enrollment

Get health coverage for 2016 during MNsure open enrollment.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 until December 7.

MA-EPD Premium Rules Changes

Learn about what MA-EPD premium rules are changing.

Register for the Arc Minnesota's "A Working Life" Conference

On October 24, this conference will discuss how to support employment for people with disabilities. While there, you can meet one-on-one with a Disability Linkage Line® counselor and discuss how disability benefits and a job can work together.

Coming soon: Two GA and GRH Rules Changes

Starting October 1, 2015, how earned income affects General Assistance (GA) and Group Residential Housing (GRH) benefits will change, and these programs will no longer exempt assets you have in a Self-Sufficiency Account.

Introducing My DB101

My DB101 makes it easier to save your favorite DB101 pages, mini-tools, and Estimator sessions.

MA-EPD Premium Changes

How MA-EPD calculates your monthly premium is changing for September coverage.

New DB101 Parent Focus Articles

DB101’s new Parent Focus articles look at specific issues faced by the parents of young people with disabilities.

The Olmstead Plan and Employment First

Learn how the Olmstead Plan and Employment First Policy support people with disabilities.

The ABLE Act Will Help People with Disabilities Build More Assets

This new law will let people with disabilities save up money in special accounts that have tax advantages and won’t count towards benefits programs resource limits.

2015 SSDI and SSI Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

In 2015, small adjustments will be made to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) based on changes in the cost of living.

New Medicare Premium Amounts for 2015

For 2015, Medicare has adjusted some of the premiums and other expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare open enrollment is from October 15 – December 7.

Key Dates for MNsure

Important dates are coming up for enrollment in MNsure.

MA-EPD Premiums Are Changing

MA-EPD premiums will change on October 1, 2014. Try DB101’s 2014 premium tool to see how this might impact you.

Successful Employment Strategies

The Minnesota Statewide Olmstead Plan has a new list of best strategies for employment for people with disabilities.

The Faces and Facts of Disability

Social Security has a new media campaign about SSDI.

More information about General Assistance (GA) and Group Residential Housing (GRH) on DB101

GA and GRH are now included in DB101’s Benefits and Work Estimator and covered in greater detail in DB101’s Housing article.

Find the Right Coverage for You on DB101

Answer a few questions to see health coverage options for you.

DB101 Helps You Understand Health Care in 2014

There are big changes in how you get health coverage for 2014. DB101 has two new articles to help you understand them.

MNsure Contact Center Now Open

Call 1-855-3-MNSURE to get help with MNsure, Minnesota’s new way to sign up for health coverage.

The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act

The Kaiser Family Foundation has produced a video explaining the most important changes coming with the Affordable Care Act in 2014.

Texting Scam Targets Users of Social Security's Direct Express Debit Card

A texting scam has targeted people who use a Direct Express debit card to collect their Social Security benefits. People are being fooled into revealing their account numbers and PINs.

Check out the New HealthCare.gov

HealthCare.gov can help you understand how health coverage is changing.

Dayton signs legislation expanding Medical Assistance eligibility

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation that will provide access to quality health care coverage for an additional 35,000 low-income adults.

New Medicare Premium Amounts for 2013

For 2013, Medicare has adjusted some of the premiums and other expenses that Medicare beneficiaries pay.

Social Security adds 35 conditions to the Compassionate Allowances Program

There are now a total of 200 Compassionate Allowances to help people with serious medical conditions get Social Security disability benefits more quickly.

The Department of Defense Increases Hiring of People with Disabilities

People with disabilities now make up 14% of civilian hires at the Department of Defense (DOD). DOD and other federal agencies have been using diverse strategies to find good employees with disabilities.

Senators and Governors Focus on Increasing the Employment of People with Disabilities

The U.S. Senate recently released a report looking at the current state of employment for people with disabilities and making policy recommendations to increase employment. At the same time, the National Governors Association announced a new focus on expanding employment for people with disabilities, making it a top priority.

Major Companies and Government Launch Initiative for Disability Employment

Executives from more than a dozen major companies met with high-level elected officials from Congress and state governments to discuss disability employment and plan an ongoing project to increase employment of people with disabilities in the private sector.

Important Changes to MA-EPD

The Minnesota Legislature has made changes to the MA-EPD program that are retroactive to April 1, 2012. Changes were made to the age requirements for MA-EPD and how assets and income from spouses are counted for basic MA after MA-EPD ends.

Important New Features on the Social Security Website Make Understanding and Applying for Disability Benefits Easier

The Social Security Administration (SSA) website now lets you provide an electronic signature for Form SSA-827 (Authorization to Disclose Information to Social Security) when you apply for benefits and it lets you check your earnings and benefit information online.

DHS launches ApplyMN online application for assistance programs

Minnesotans in need of health care, nutrition assistance, child care assistance and emergency assistance can now apply online through ApplyMN, applymn.dhs.mn.gov.

People receiving SSDI may be eligible for help with Medicare costs

If you are enrolled in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Medicare, you may be eligible for programs that help pay Medicare’s out of pocket costs such as deductibles, premiums and coinsurances.

Two-year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

It's been two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed by President Obama. Since then, our health care system has improved in many ways.

In 2012, there will be small Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare programs.

Here is the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) information for 2012 for the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare programs. These tables show the amounts for 2011 and what the amounts will be in 2012. All changes are effective January 1, 2012.

2011 Changes to Health Care, Long-Term Care, and Waiver Programs

In 2011, the Minnesota legislature made several changes to health care, long-term care and waiver programs. The changes may affect things like your eligibility for health care coverage or services, what your coverage will pay for, and what you may have to pay.

Build-up Your Retirement Savings Now with help from the payroll tax holiday!

According to the Employment Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), more than 40% of Americans risk running out of money in retirement. This particular scenario seems bleak enough, but when one considers people are living longer, retirement savings become even more important to ones long-term financial management.

A Youth Toolkit on Personal Assistance Services

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the release of Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood, a guide designed to help transition-age youth with significant disabilities.

Changes being made to Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP)

Several changes are being made to Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, and waiver programs.

More People Now Eligible for Medical Assistance

With the expansion of Minnesota's Medicaid program, more people with low incomes are now eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) benefits, including those who are currently enrolled in General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and MinnesotaCare.

Senate Committee Focuses on Employment of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, convened the first in a series of hearings to study ways to improve employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.

SSI Recipients Can Now Report Wages by Telephone

Social Security has introduced a new automated wage reporting system for SSI recipients. The system allows SSI recipients to report their work income via telephone in the beginning of each month.

Medicare and You

The following link provides an electronic Medicare handbook offers answers to your Medicare questions. The handbook includes important facts and changes you will need for 2011.

What Benefits am I on Now?

Request a Benefits Planning Query (BPQY) to find out what Social Security benefits you're on.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Summary and Updates

Many changes brought about by these new laws are of particular significance to people with disabilities.

Obama Administration Offers New Mental Health and Substance Abuse Parity Rules

The Departments of Health and Human Services jointly issued new rules providing parity for consumers enrolled in group health plans who need treatment for mental health or substance use disorders.The new rules prohibit group health insurance plans from restricting access to care.