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Access to SSI

This section contains articles, policy advocacy, trainings, and other resources addressing the eligibility of immigrants for SSI. Empire Justice’s Albany Office deals primarily with these issues though the Rochester and Long Island offices handle individual cases of immigrants seeking to access public benefits, primarily Medicaid.

ARTICLES

Language Access Denied: LILAC Releases Report Detailing Failed Implementation of Nassau County Executive Orders
It’s been two years since Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano signed Executive Orders 67 & 72, promising interpretation and translation at Nassau County Agencies, yet little progress has been made. Read More

SSA Wrongfully Denies Refugees
Advocates from the Syracuse region report that at least several SSI claims representatives misunderstand SSI refugee eligibility. The ins and outs of the rules are admittedly convoluted. Read More

SSI Refugees Lose Benefits
The temporary relief provided to refugees whose seven year time limit for SSI (Supplemental Security Income) eligibility was just that – temporary. Advocates will recall previous articles outlining the “SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act” (“Extension Act,” Public Law 110-328) signed into law on September 30, 2008, by then President Bush. Read More

SSA Issues Guidance for SSI Refugee Extension
On September 30, 2008, then President Bush signed the “SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act” (“Extension Act,” Public Law 110-328). The legislation temporarily extends the eligibility of elderly and disabled refugees, asylees and various other groups of humanitarian based immigrants for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from seven years to nine years. Read More


Access to SSI: Articles



IN THE NEWS

Protesters say county fails on promise to provide interpreters
Nassau County agencies and its police department are failing to provide interpreters to immigrant constituents two years after adopting language-access policies guaranteeing better access, advocates and residents said at a protest Tuesday in Garden City. Read More

Immigrants to Mangano, county agencies: Speak our languages
Members of the language-advocacy coalition pressed the administration to deliver on executive orders 67 and 72 from 2013, in which Mangano required departments to translate vital documents into six languages other than English and provide "competent interpretation services." Read More




POLICY ADVOCACY

Empire Justice Center Human Services Testimony 2007
Testimony regarding human services in the 2007-2008 executive budget. Read More




PUBLICATIONS

Immigrant Eligibility Handbook
The rules governing the eligibility of individuals who are not citizens of the United States for federal or state public benefits, including medical assistance, are complicated. They are also subject to change. This manual addresses the immigrant eligibility rules of the various health care programs in New York as they existed in December of 2008. Read More

 



NEWSLETTERS

Disability Law News - December 2010 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP advocates. Featured in this issue is an article on "COLA". Also in this issue you will find articles on Regulations, Court Decisions, Administrative Decisions, and the Bulletin Board along with other articles Read More

Disability Law News - September 2010 Issue
The Disability Law News is a quarterly newsletter published for DAP advocates. Featured in this issue is an article on "New Mental Impairment Listings Proposed". Also in this issue you will find articles on Regulations, Court Decisions, Administrative Decisions, and the Bulletin Board along with other articles. Read More




TRAINING AND EVENTS

Immigration Status & Public Benefits Eligibility
This is a training on immigration status as an eligibility requirement in various federal and state public benefits programs. The main focus of the session will be on the immigrant eligibility rules in means tested benefit programs, specifically the Family and Safety Net Assistance Programs, the Supplemental Security Income program (SSI), Food Stamps and Medicaid. In addition to the program rules, we will cover the immigrant documentation requirements of the benefits agencies and some special issues that arise in the context of immigrant use of benefits programs, including public charge, sponsor liability and reporting. Read More