Help with Paying for Services

Benefits Check Up
Many older people need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, and utilities, but are unsure of what programs are available to help them pay for these basic needs. Benefits Check Up allows users to find benefits they are eligible for. Benefits CheckUP is a service of the National Council on Aging and assists individuals to find and enroll in federal, state, local, and private programs that help pay for prescription drugs, utility bills, meals, heath care, and other needs.

Burial Assistance
The Burial Assistance Program is available to help with funeral expenses of deceased recipients of Family Investment programs when their families cannot afford funeral costs.

Cash Assistance (TCA)
As one of the components of the Family Investment Program, Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) provides cash assistance to needy families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family's needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.

Disabled Reduced Fare Program
People with disabilities who are unable to utilize MTA services as effectively as persons who are not so affected may be eligible to ride for approximately one-third the regular fare on Local Bus, Light Rail and Metro Subway, approximately one-half the regular fare on MARC Train, and with varying discounts on Commuter Buses.

Disability Entitlement Advocacy Program (DEAP)
The Disability Entitlement Advocacy Program (DEAP) is available to help severely disabled Marylanders receiving cash assistance obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Earn Benefits
EarnBenefits connects low-wage workers to a range of income-enhancing public and private benefits, such as tax credits, food stamps, health insurance, and bank accounts. The program was initially launched in New York City in 2003 in partnership with the United Way of New York City. EarnBenefits has expanded to Memphis, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Loiusville. The Baltimore site provides information to help you learn about and connect to government and private benefits that can help you make ends meet.

Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program (EID) Outreach Project
The Employed Individuals with Disabilities Program Outreach project extends Medical Assistance health benefits to working Marylanders with Disabilities. This program lets you return to work and keep your health benefits by paying a small fee.

Food Stamps
Food stamps help low-income households buy the food they need for good health and are used like cash to buy food. In Maryland, food stamp benefits are accessed through an Electronic Benefits Transfer System.

Medicare Buy-In Program
The Medicare Buy-In Program, also known as QMB (Qualified Medicare Beneficiary) and SLIMB (Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary) is designed to protect low-income Medicare beneficiaries from the significant and growing costs required to receive Medicare coverage, including out-of-pocket cost sharing expenses (deductibles and co--payments). The Program connects the two largest public health programs in the country, Medicare and Medicaid, as Medicaid pays for all or part of the Medicare premium and deductible amounts for individuals who are financially.

Service Access and Information Link (SAIL)
SAIL helps you to apply, renew, or learn about various social services offered by the State of Maryland.

Seniors/Reduced Fare Program
The MTA offers two Reduced Fare Programs, one for seniors (age 65 and over) and one for people with disabilities who cannot utilize MTA services as effectively as persons who are not so affected.

Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP), formerly called TEMHA, is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders with no other resources, to obtain cash, medical, and housing assistance. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.

For more in-depth assistance, contact your local MAP office directly or call the statewide toll-free number (1-844-627-5465).

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Maryland Access Point (MAP) staff are available to help you explore your options to meet your current needs or create a plan for the future.

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