Disability Benefits

Medicaid for Kids with Special Needs

MKSN is a program that helps pay medical bills for children with special needs due to a disability. To find out if your child is eligible for MKSN, you must fill out a Medicaid application and send it to your local Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Find out if MKSN is right for your family.

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Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Program

In Iowa, there are seven programs called HCBS Waivers. These waivers help people stay in their own homes or communities instead of going to a medical institution. These programs also provide funding and personalized support for individuals who qualify, allowing them to receive the care they need while remaining in a familiar environment.

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Iowa Disability Benefits Network

This website is here to help people understand how work earnings may impact their benefits and to provide resources that can help along the way. Lots of people with disabilities want to work, but don't for fear of losing their Social Security or health care benefits. It can be scary to think about going off benefits, but there are ways to explore working and maximize your income.

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Benefits For Children With Disabilities 2024

This booklet will help you decide if you, your child, or a child you know may be eligible for SSI or SSDI.

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Child Disability Starter Kit Fact Sheet

What You Should Know Before You Apply for SSI Disability Benefits for a Child: Children from birth up to age 18 may get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. They must be disabled and they must have little or no income and resources. Here are answers to some questions people ask about applying for SSI for children.

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Links to SSI Spotlights

These spotlights give you detailed looks at some of the program rules found in the booklet, Understanding Supplemental Security Income (SSI). They provide more details than our general information pamphlets and can help you when you apply for and receive SSI benefits.

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With IAble, individuals with disabilities can achieve a future full of opportunity without being held back by asset caps of needs-based assistance programs. Whether short- or long-term, Account Owners can save for the expenses that mean the most to them and achieve their better life experience.

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IAble Brochure

An IAble account can be opened at any age, but the individual must have a qualifying disability that began before age 26. A minor or adult without legal capacity to manage their finances must have another person open and manage the Account on their behalf

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ASK an Expert: Iowa Able Accounts

Learn about Iowa Able accounts while gaining knowledge about who is eligible for an account, explore the options for contributing to and accessing an ABLE account and what the funds can be used for and understand how your eligibility for social security benefits and Medicaid can be protected with an IAble account.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Income, and Social Security Disability Insurance

This FAQ provides people with disabilities and their families an overview on social security benefits and answers common questions about these benefits and employment.

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