Government Benefits

Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for different federal benefit programs.

The links below will lead you to government websites, which describe a range of assistance programs.

Check Your Eligibility for Federal and State Benefits offers information on more than 1,000 federal and state benefit programs. This site is also available in Spanish.

Information About Medicare provides information on Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with end stage renal disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). Information is also available on Medicare prescription drug coverage. This site is available in multiple languages.

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has information about health insurance for lower-income people, families and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

U.S. Social Security Administration
Social Security provides benefits for retired or disabled workers and their families, and certain family members of deceased workers. This site is available in multiple languages.

Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program for people with limited income who are disabled or age 65 or older. The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides information on the program. This site is also available in Spanish (PDF).

Food Assistance Program
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides nutrition benefits to certain individuals and families. This site is also available in Spanish.

Food Assistance for Women, Infants, and Children
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides additional food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children. Use this screening tool, which is available in multiple languages, to check your eligibility.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is a program that helps provide assistance and work opportunities for low-income families.

Help for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides information to help immigrant victims of domestic violence and their children.

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