About public benefits

There are other federal and state benefits that can help you pay for things you need.

If you do qualify for SSI, you'll probably qualify for these. But you also may be able to get some of these benefits even if you didn't qualify for SSI. It's worth looking into them.

These include:

  • Medicaid (health insurance)

  • Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP: used to be called Food Stamps)

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF: used to be called Welfare)

  • Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP: help with winter heating costs)

See the next pages to learn about each of these benefits.


See these government web pages 

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Image of an exclamation point Note: Sometimes if you get a new kind of benefit, you have to give up one you have. The government has limits of how many public assistance programs a person can get at the same time. Check with a support program to find out how a new benefit will affect your family's other ones. Or call 1-844-USA-GOV1.


Sources: Social Security, Benefits.gov, USA.gov