Social Worker's Guide to Public Benefits
After completing the course, you will be able to:
Chapter 1: Historical Development
- Provide a historical overview of various public benefits programs.
Chapter 2: Survivors Benefits
- Describe the insurance benefits paid to the survivor of a worker.
- Define "widow(er)" and "surviving divorced spouse" for Social Security purposes.
- Describe the effect of remarriage of a widower or surviving divorced spouse of the widow(er)'s on the insurance benefits.
Chapter 3: Cash Disability Benefits and Related Disability Protection
- Discuss the seven types of disability protection included under Social Security.
Chapter 4: Supplemental Security Income
- Describe the purpose and basic principles of SSI.
- Describe the three categories of eligibility for SSI benefits.
- List items that are not income for SSI purposes.
- Define "countable income".
- Discuss how resources can affect eligibility for SSI benefits.
Chapter 5: Disability Benefits Under Social Security
- Discuss disability benefits paid under Social Security.
- Describe the earnings requirements to get disability benefits.
- Explain the five-step process that Social Security uses to determine if an applicant is disabled.
- Define various terms used in the determination of disability and blindness.
- Describe the evidentiary requirements under title II and title XVI programs for the determination of disability.
Chapter 6: The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA)
- Provide an overview and highlights of the PRWORA.
- List four major goals of PRWORA.
- Describe how the new law combats out-of-wedlock births and promotes paternity establishment.
- Discuss provisions under the new law to ensure that prisoners and other criminals do not receive SSI benefits.
- Explain the restrictions imposed by the new law on welfare and public benefits for noncitizens.
Chapter 7: Medicaid: A Brief Summary
- Discuss eligibility standards for Medicaid.
- List seven factors that are responsible for the very rapid growth in Medicaid expenditures.
- Discuss the treatment of trusts for purposes of determining eligibility for Medicaid.
- Discuss the resource and income eligibility standards under spousal impoverishment.
- Discuss immigrant eligibility rules for Medicaid and SCHIP.
Chapter 8: Major Federal Food Programs
- List the categories of people who are eligible to receive food stamp benefits.
- Explain eligibility rules for food stamp program.
- Answer frequently asked questions about the food stamp program.
- List some characteristics of food stamp households.
- Describe the eligibility standards for WIC.
- Describe how the School Breakfast Program works.
- Describe how the Special Milk Program works.
- Describe the Summer Food Service Program.