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An Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under COBRA
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An Employee's Guide to Health Benefits Under COBRA
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This booklet explains your rights under COBRA to a temporary extension of employer-provided group health coverage, called COBRA continuation coverage.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Choosing a Medigap Policy: Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare
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Choosing a Medigap Policy: Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare
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This guide helps people with Medicare understand Medigap policies. This can also be called Medicare Supplement Insurance.
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Ending Hunger. Improving Nutrition. Combating Obesity.
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Ending Hunger. Improving Nutrition. Combating Obesity.
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The Food and Nutrition Service provides children and needy Families with access to food and a more healthful diet through 15 nutrition assistance programs and nutrition education efforts. Learn more about these programs and how you might qualify.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Guide to Federal Agency Resources
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Guide to Federal Agency Resources
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This Asian American Pacific Islanders' guide to Federal agency resources is an easy-to-use navigational tool on federal funding, programs, and resources. It is by no means comprehensive, but it is meant to provide a brief snapshot of federal resources available to assist organizations and individuals seeking to improve the quality of life of AAPIs.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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How to Get Food Help
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How to Get Food Help
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There are many programs to help people get food. Learn more about the programs available and who can apply.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers
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Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Consumers
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Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Medicare & You 2014
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Medicare & You 2014
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Summary of Medicare benefits, coverage decisions, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services
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Medicare Coverage of Kidney Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Services
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This booklet explains how Medicare helps pay for kidney dialysis and kidney transplant services in Original Medicare. In most cases, you can't join a Medicare Advantage Plan (like an HMO or PPO) if you have End-Stage Renal Disease.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Medicare Hospice Benefits
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Medicare Hospice Benefits
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Choosing hospice care is a difficult decision. The information in this booklet and the support given by a doctor and trained hospice care team can help you choose the most appropriate health care options for someone whi is terminally ill.
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Medicare and Your Mental Health Benefits
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Medicare and Your Mental Health Benefits
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Mental health care includes services and programs to help diagnose and treat mental health conditions. These services and programs may be provided in outpatient and inpatient settings. Medicare helps cover outpatient and inpatient mental health care, as well as prescription drugs you may need to treat a mental health condition. This booklet gives you information about mental health benefits in Original Medicare.
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States
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Social Security: Your Payments While You Are Outside the United States
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Learn about special reporting responsibilities for Social Security beneficiaries living outside the United States.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
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SNAP helps low-income people buy the food they need for good health. To get SNAP benefits, your income and other resources have to be under certain limits.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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You or Someone You Know May be Eligible for Help with Home Heating and Cooling Bills
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You or Someone You Know May be Eligible for Help with Home Heating and Cooling Bills
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Information regarding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, requirements, and how to apply.
Available: online, as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Your Guide to Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans
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Your Guide to Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans
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This booklet provides information on Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans including how the plans work and questions to ask to decide if these plans are right for you.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Your Guide to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
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Your Guide to Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
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Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) adds to your Medicare health care coverage. It helps you pay for both brand-name and generic drugs. Medicare drug plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
 
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Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
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Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
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Military members disabled while on active duty on or after October 1, 2001, can have their Social Security disability claims expedited. Even if a member is receiving military pay, they may may be eligible for Social Security disability, which is different from Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits. (Previous item number: 598Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
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Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors
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Explains disability, pension, health care, education and housing loans, and other benefit programs for veterans and their families. Now includes information on survivors benefits. (Previous item number: 105Y)
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: $5.00
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Health Care Benefits Overview 2012
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Health Care Benefits Overview 2012
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This guide is designed to provide Veterans and their families with the information they need to understand VA's health care system - eligibility requirements, the health benefits and services available to help Veterans and copays that certain Veterans may be charged.
Available: as pdf, e-reader
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Veterans Pensions: Protect Your Money from Poachers
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Veterans Pensions: Protect Your Money from Poachers
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Dishonest advisers try to get veterans to transfer their assets so they appear to qualify for Aid and Attendance benefits but don't inform them of the negative implications.
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
 
Social Security
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Retire Online: It's So Easy!
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Retire Online: It's So Easy!
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Find out how easy it is to apply online for retirement benefits.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security Numbers for Children
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Social Security Numbers for Children
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The easiest time to get a Social Security number for your child is at birth, when you give information for their birth certificate. If you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security office, there may be delays while your child's birth certificate gets verified.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Social Security: Benefits for Children With Disabilities
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Social Security: Benefits for Children With Disabilities
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This booklet gives an overview of the special benefits available for children with disabilities.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: Get Your Payments Electronically
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Social Security: Get Your Payments Electronically
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If you're receiving Social Security benefits by check, you must switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. New applicants will receive them electronically automatically. Benefits can be deposited directly to a bank account, or onto a debit card the Social Security Administration provides. (Previous item number: 514Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: How Work Affects Your Benefits
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Social Security: How Work Affects Your Benefits
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Find out how working after beginning to receive retirement benefits can lead to increases or decreases in benefits.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: Retirement Benefits
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Social Security: Retirement Benefits
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Learn about Social Security retirement benefits - how you earn coverage, how to apply, how benefits are figured, and how to decide when to retire.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: Understanding the Benefits
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Social Security: Understanding the Benefits
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Provides details on retirement, disability, survivor's benefits, Medicare coverage, Supplemental Security Income, and more. (Previous item number: 518Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know
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Social Security: What Every Woman Should Know
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Explains how disability, divorce, widowhood, retirement and other special circumstances can affect a woman's Social Security benefits. Also covers benefits for your family, what to do if you change your name, and Social Security numbers for children. (Previous item number: 523Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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Social Security: What You Can Do Online
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Social Security: What You Can Do Online
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Learn to apply for benefits, estimate your future benefits and create a social security account online at www.socialsecurity.gov. (Previous item number: 629Y)
Available: online, as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Social Security: When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits
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Social Security: When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits
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Important considerations for deciding when to start receiving Social Security benefits, including how the decision may affect your surviving spouse, and how benefits are affected if you continue working. (Previous item number: 522Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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What You Need To Know When You Get Retirement or Survivors Benefits
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What You Need To Know When You Get Retirement or Survivors Benefits
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Find out what you can expect from Social Security, what your reporting responsibilities are and how to report changes that could affect benefits.
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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What You Need To Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
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What You Need To Know When You Get Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
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Learn about the rights and responsibilities of SSI recipients - what they can expect, events they must report and how to report them.
Available: as pdf
Language: English
Cost: Free
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Your Social Security Number and Card
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Your Social Security Number and Card
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Explains why we have Social Security numbers, when and how to get one, and more. (Previous item number: 515Y)
Available: as pdf
Languages: English and Spanish
Cost: Free
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