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Getting the Financial Support You Need for Your Loved One–SSI and SSDI — 1 Comment

  1. “In May of 2019 Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 1223 into law. The law provides people in the state’s Aid to the Needy Disabled program with free navigation services to help them receive Social Security benefits. The governor is surrounded by bill sponsors and advocates from Denver and across the state who support people with disabilities.”
    Why are these services not yet available? Everywhere that I went, that I was told these services were available for free they were either not available at all or there was a charge. I am concerned that organizations such as Bayard are receiving grant monies to provide these services….yet are not being held accountable for actually providing the services.

    Hi Sandy,
    Thank you for writing. My understanding is that the free services were forthcoming, but with the COVID crisis anything with a price tag is now stalled. Importantly, the statute is still in place and can be funded when there IS money available. I’ll put the question to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy which spearheaded the initiative and write again. I’m sorry for the delay in replying to your question. It was a good one.
    Have you tried Easter Seals. Byron Kish, who directs the navigation program for Easter Seals, is the lead navigator in Colorado. They would likely know where you could obtain navigation services that might be affordable. They’re located in Lakewood. The general information number is (303) 233-1666. They also have webinars on accessing disability benefits listed on their website if you search “SSI/SSDI navigation.”
    Best.
    Theresa

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