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Government Benefits

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayGet information on government programs that may help you pay for food, housing, health care, and other basic living expenses. Find out about eligibility requirements for programs like food stamps, welfare, and Medicaid, and how to apply for them.

Infographic explaining government benefits for people with a low income.
  • If you have a low income and need help with basic living expenses, you may qualify for government benefits to help cover food, housing, medical, and other costs.

    Major Government Benefits Programs

    Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayThe federal government creates and gives money to states to run major assistance programs. Your state helps pay for some of these and may offer others too.


    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps)Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay provides eligible people with benefits cards, used like debit cards, to buy food at authorized grocery stores and farmers markets.

    Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayOther food aid programs offer:

    • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayHealthy foods to pregnant women, new moms, and kids under age 5

    • Free or low-cost meals or milk to kids at schools and daycare centers

    • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayMonthly food packages and farmers market coupons to seniors


    Medicaid provides free or low-cost health benefits to adults, kids, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities.

    Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers free or low-cost medical and dental care to uninsured kids up to age 19 whose family income is above Medicaid’s limit but below their state’s CHIP limit.


    Subsidized Housing, Housing Vouchers, and Public Housing programs help low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities get into affordable private or government-owned rental housing.

    Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households pay heating and cooling bills and offers low-cost home improvements to reduce those costs. 

    Financial Assistance

    Welfare or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay provides cash for a limited time to low-income families working toward self-sufficiency. TANF may also offer non-cash benefits such as child care and job training.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides cash to low-income seniors and low-income adults and kids with disabilities.

    Eligibility and Application Requirements

    • All programs have income limits.

    • Most programs require you to be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

    • Many programs have other state requirements like a family’s size and financial resources.

    Learn more about who’s eligible and how to apply for these programs at or your state’s social, human, or health services office.

    Grants and Loans Are Not Benefits

    Don’t believe ads for “free government grants” to start a business or pay personal expenses. The federal government does not give grants to individuals.Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay It awards grants to states, universities, and other organizations.

    You may be able to get a government loan to help with school, housing, and business costs, but you must repay it, typically with interest.

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Benefits and Financial Assistance from the Government

If you're looking for immediate or emergency help, your state's human service or social service agency might be able to help. They can either provide financial assistance or refer you to local community organizations.

Search for Financial Assistance from the Government is a free website that can help you determine which types of government assistance you might qualify for. You can also find out how and where to app

  • , answer questions about yourself and your needs. Afterwards, you can find out if you’re eligible for programs to help you pay for:
    • Food

    • Health insurance

    • Housing

    • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayUtilities, and other necessities 

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayCheck back with in the future to see if you’re eligible for additional benefits. You can report major life events or see if new benefit programs have become available.

Search for Benefits and Programs for People with Disabilities

Find government and local disability programs including housing, jobs, education, and health care.

Do you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI)? If you need help with your benefits, you can review these top questions about Social Security.

Search for Benefits for Military Veterans and Their Families

Learn about veterans benefits such as burial, education, health, and housing.

is a good place to start. It can help with unemployment insurance benefits, job training, and finding a job.

Unemployment Insurance

Am I eligible?

Unemployment insurance programs pay you money if you lose your job through no fault of your own. You must meet your state's eligibility requirements.

How do I apply?

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayEach state runs its own program. to find out how to apply. You may be able to file online, by phone, or in person. 

Is there anything else I need to know?

  • Some states provide extended benefits when there's high unemployment. Extended unemployment insurance benefits last for 13 weeks. You can apply for extended benefits only once you've run out of regular benefits. Check with your state; not everyone qualifies.

  • You must on your tax return.

Other Types of Benefits and Programs for the Unemployed

Educational Help

Federal agencies offer many . They are generally free or low cost to the unemployed.

Self-Employment Help

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay help unemployed workers start their own small businesses. Delaware, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, and Oregon offer this program.

 is a federal nutrition program. Known previously as "food stamps," SNAP benefits can help you stretch your food budget if you have a low income.

Learn About the Types of Food You Can Buy With SNAP Benefits

If you’re eligible, you can purchase food using benefits that are issued to you monthly. You can use your SNAP benefits to buy a variety of foods for your household, including:

  • Fruits and vegetables

  • Meat, poultry, and fish

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayDairy products

  • Breads and cereals

See the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) .

Find Out If You Are Eligible for SNAP

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayTo , you must meet certain requirements. States have income limits for SNAP recipients. They can also factor in your resources, such as money in the bank, to decide if you qualify for SNAP.  

Apply for SNAP Benefits

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayUse the . You may also apply in person at your state or local office.

How Your SNAP Benefits Work

  • Your state will issue benefits each month on a plastic electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card. Much like a credit or debit card, you can use your EBT card to buy eligible food items. You must buy them from:

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm naySome states have . If your state doesn't have an EBT management website, you can contact your to check your benefits.

File a Complaint About SNAP

Whether you currently receive SNAP benefits or you're in the process of applying, you can file a complaint using these resources:

  •  to request a hearing if you have .

  • File a . You will need to give the name and the location of the store. You may remain anonymous if you choose.

  • Contact your  if you suspect fraud or abuse of the SNAP program.

  • if you believe you have experienced discrimination in the SNAP program because of:

    • Age

    • Sex

    • Color

    • Race

    • Disability

    • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayReligious creed

    • National origin

    • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayEnglish proficiency

    • Political beliefs

SNAP Information For Retailers

Learn how to work with SNAP if you or if you .

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay is a federally funded, state-run benefits program. Also known as welfare, TANF helps families achieve independence after experiencing temporary difficulties.

What help is available through TANF?

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayRecipients may qualify for help with:

  • Food

  • Housing

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayHome energy

  • Child care

  • Job training

Each state runs its TANF program differently and .

Some operate their own TANF programs.

Am I eligible for TANF?  

  • Each state or tribal territory decides who is eligible for financial help, services, or other benefits.

  • You must be a resident of the state where you are applying.

How do I apply for TANF?

To sign-up for temporary benefits, you can:

  • Apply at your local or county social services agency, or

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay for your local contact information.

How do I report TANF benefit fraud?

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayIf you suspect possible welfare fraud, contact:

What else do I need to know about TANF?

If you receive TANF, you may be eligible to receive other government benefits.



What help is available through Medicaid?

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay provides free or low-cost medical benefits to eligible:

  • Adults with a low income

  • Children

  • Pregnant women

  • People who are age 65 or over

  • People with disabilities

Am I eligible for Medicaid?

Check with your state’s Medicaid office to see if you or your family members are . In general, it depends on at least one or a combination of:

  • Age

  • Income level

  • Number of people in your family

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayIf you are pregnant or have a disability

How do I apply for Medicaid?

There are two ways to apply for Medicaid:

  • . You must be a resident of the state where you are applying for benefits.

  • .

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayIf your income is too high for Medicaid, your child may still qualify for the . It covers medical and for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.

Is my child eligible for CHIP?

. In most cases, they depend on income.

How do I apply for CHIP benefits?

You have two ways to apply for CHIP:

  • , or call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596.

  • Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayFill out an application through the .

What else do I need to know about CHIP?

  • You can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP anytime during the year.

  • .

  • Like Medicare and CHIP, the offers affordable, continued coverage. It's available to people with incomes that shift above and below Medicaid or CHIP levels.

  • Get information on other common types of health insuranceKết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nay, such as Medicare, and find help paying for medical bills.

File a Complaint About Medicaid or CHIP

If you have a problem with Medicaid or CHIP services, you can file a complaint. These programs are managed by each state rather than the federal government. Contact your to report your issue. 

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Kết quả xổ số minh ngọc hôm nayLast Updated: September 10, 2020