One of our core functions is to represent people who need our help to obtain the basic income they need to become or remain self-reliant. Advocates of the Benefits Project help individuals obtain the assistance they need to stabilize their income and move toward self-sufficiency.
Advocates help persons with disabilities obtain Social Security, SSI, and APTD benefits and access to health care through Medicare and Medicaid. The Project also works for improvements in the APTD/Medicaid system.
Advocates assist individuals and families with eligibility issues for unemployment compensation, state assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid and cash benefits for families, and municipal welfare programs.
NHLA attorney and paralegal advocates represent clients in a variety of public benefit issues including:
- Food Stamps
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
- Unemployment Compensation
- Local/Town Welfare
- Utility disconnection notices (in addition to utilities and energy policy advocacy on behalf of low-income New Hampshire residents)
We also represent persons with disabilities to obtain and maintain federal and state benefits such as:
- Social Security
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled (APTD)
To determine your eligibility for services, we encourage you to call the New Hampshire Legal Assistance local branch office nearest you, or visit www.nhlegalaid.org.
NHLA helps mother and children who lost health coverage after being displaced by house fire
- Linda and her three children were displaced by a house fire and had to move from the Laconia to Bedford area. This made it harder for Linda as she was told to interact with her case worker in Laconia or with customer service. During this time period, Linda also lost her Medicaid due to not getting the correct paperwork in and her baby was removed from her food stamp household for failure to get a Social Security card, a delay caused by the Social Security Administration. With NHLA’s assistance Linda was able to resolve the Social Security card and Medicaid eligibility issue. NHLA also assisted Linda to get an emergency room bill of approximately $6,000 correctly billed to Medicaid.
- "All our documentation was lost in the house fire and I did not have the money to get additional copies," Linda said. "At the same time, I was sent many different notices, with impossible and confusing deadlines. This kept happening, until finally I had enough. I knew that I had rights, I just wasn’t sure what they were. That is when I decided to find help. NHLA helped to overcome the miscommunication with the case workers about deadlines and which office I was supposed to be using after the fire. The NHLA advocate helped my family get back on our feet and get the medical care we needed. NHLA gave me confidence, even if we didn’t win the case I was still given the confidence to be able to advocate for myself. Without NHLA, I don't know where I would be.”
NHLA successfully represented a women, deaf since birth, by convincing an Administrative Law Judge to forgive an over-payment of benefits totaling $116,000. Click the link above to read more.
Do you need health insurance?
Are you having a hard time paying for your health insurance? Do you have medical bills you can’t afford?
Click here for information about the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (sometimes called Medicaid Expansion) and financial assistance programs through the Health Insurance Marketplace: www.coveringnewhampshire.com
NHLA receives support from the following organizations to fund our Benefits Project work:
Campaign for Legal Services
IOLTA program of New Hampshire Bar Foundation
Granite United Way
Monadnock United Way
United Way of the Greater Seacoast