For the Person with Disabilities
It is critically important that parents, family members, or advocates for a person with disabilities have at least a passing knowledge of programs of government financial assistance assisting disabled persons. Most of these programs are needs-based and only provides benefits to disabled persons who have little to no assets. These programs are SSI; SSI-related Medicaid; and Medicaid waivers for housing and care services. In addition, there are benefits that may be available to the disabled person based on the work history of a retired or deceased parent, such as Medicare health insurance coverage and Disabled Adult Child payments (also known as CDB). Finally, if the parent of a disabled child was a Military Retiree, as a dependent of the military retiree, the disabled child may also be eligible for Tricare under certain circumstances.