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Interplay Among Unemployment Insurance, Welfare, Social Security Disability, and SSI Benefits

By Kevin Liebkemann & Raymond Cebula

The primary public benefit programs accessible to persons with disabilities are unemployment insurance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, general assistance, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Supplemental Security Income. Advocates must understand how these programs work, the criteria for eligibility in each, and, most important, how they interact with one another in order better to advise and assist clients with disabilities in meeting their financial and medical needs.

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