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Government Benefit Preservation

Claimants have much to consider regarding the financial implications of their settlements. Eligibility for government benefits is one of the most important issues many claimants must resolve.

Eligibility for Government Benefits

Needs-based government benefit programs use income and asset tests to determine eligibility. In most states, assets as low as $2,000 ($3,000 if married) are sufficient to render a claimant ineligible for most needs-based government benefits. While entitlement benefits such as Medicare, Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Social Security Retirement Income will not be impacted by the settlement, there are many needs-based programs that would likely be affected, including:

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Subsidized Housing
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

While some may assume that settlement proceeds should provide an adequate replacement for any lost benefits, the reality is that for many injured claimants, the loss of benefit coverage can be catastrophic. The compounding costs of medical procedures, medication, home modifications, attendant care and more can quickly deplete a settlement.

Our team works with injured claimants before finalizing the settlement to determine:

  • Whether the claimant is currently eligible or expects to be eligible for needs-based government benefits in the near future; and
  • If so, what the best course of action is to protect benefit eligibility and maximize the settlement proceeds.

Whether a Special Needs Trust or a spend down is the right solution, our Claimant Advocacy Group is here to walk claimants through every step of the process to protect important benefits and preserve their settlement proceeds.

For more information about government benefit preservation, contact our Claimant Advocacy Group today at 800-683-4872 or claimantadvocacy@sagesettlements.com.

Memberships & Associations

Sage Settlement Consulting is proud to support the following memberships and associations:

  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Association Justice Gold Business Partner
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association Fellowship Business Partner
  • Mississippi Association For Justice
  • West Virginia Association For Justice
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Partners For Justice
  • Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Affiliate Member
  • Allied Attorneys
  • Texas Association of Consumer Lawyers PAC
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Structured Settlements Trade Association
  • Florida Justice Association Business Friend of Eagle
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northeastern PA Trial Lawyers Association
  • Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association

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    New York, NY
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    Houston, TX
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    Los Angeles, CA