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Most Americans are familiar with programs like Social Security and Medicare, but you need to know that from loans, to job training, to health insurance for uninsured children and many other services, there are scores of government benefit programs available to help.

Should You Get Your Baby a Social Security Number?
While totally optional, there are good reasons to get your new baby a Social Security number. How do you do that?

How to Replace a Lost or Stolen Social Security Card
Explains how to replace a lost or stolen Social Security card for an adult U.S. citizen.

Federal Funding for Child Welfare
Despite billions in federal funding, many states struggle to meet their child welfare needs, the GAO reports.

The End of Social Security Checks
Find out why the government stopped sending paper Social Security checks. See how to continue getting federal benefits after the government ends paper Social Security checks. Learn about the history of Social Security checks and the use of electronic payments.

For Americans 65 and older, Medicare provides essential health care coverage at affordable prices.

Are You Entitled to Paid Sick Days?
See what federal law says about paid sick days. Find out whether the federal government requires companies to offer paid sick days. Learn about attempts to mandate paid sick days for workers. Discover how many Americans get paid sick days and which sectors provide paid sick days.

Student Loan and Grant Changes in Health Care Reform Bill
The health care reform reconciliation bill provided for changes in federal student assistance loan and grant programs that will be important to current and prospective students, and their families.

Public Safety Officers' Education Assistance Program
The Public Safety Officers' Education Assistance Program (PSOEA) provides financial assistance, for higher education, to the spouses and eligible children of local police, fire, and emergency public safety officers killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Public Safety Officers Benefits Program
The Public Safety Officers Benefits Program is a federal benefit program providing death benefits to the eligible survivors of federal, state or local public safety officer who die in the line of duty. Disability benefits are also available to public safety officers who become permanently disabled in the line of duty.

More Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs
A list of popular and helpful federal benefit and federal assistance programs offered by the US government. Here you will find basic program information, eligibility and how to apply for these US federal benefit and US federal assistance programs.

The Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants Program
The Rural Housing Repair Loans and Grants program provides loans and grants to very low-income homeowners to repair, improve, modernize, or to remove health and safety hazards in their rural homes.

The Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying low income households pay their heating and cooling energy costs. In some states, home weatherization assistance is also available.

Dislocated and Laid Off Worker Program
The federal Dislocated Worker Program assists individuals who have been laid off or terminated, or who are scheduled to be laid off and need assistance in finding or qualifying for a new job.

Veterans Health Care Program
The VA Veterans Medical Care Benefits provide outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and supplies to eligible veterans.

The HUD Public Housing Assistance Program
The HUD public housing assistance program was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families.

Federal Adoption Assistance
Federal Adoption Assistance, also called Adoption Subsidies, provides financial help and services for children with special needs and their adoptive parents.

Good Neighbor Next Door Home Sales Program
The federal Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program assists law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or teachers in buying homes at up to 50 percent off the listed price.

Consolidated Health Care Centers Program
The Federal Consolidated Health Care Centers Program provides comprehensive primary and preventive health care and social services to uninsured persons regardless of their ability to pay.

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
About the federal National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Government Aid and Money - No Grants Needed
Sources of assistance from the U.S. Government that do not involve getting a federal grant.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is federally funded state administered financial assistance program for low income families with dependent children and for pregnant women in their last three months of pregnancy. TANF provides temporary financial assistance while also helping recipients find jobs that will allow them to support themselves.

Food Stamps How to Apply for Food Stamps
Details on the federal Food Stamp program, now called the SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and how to apply for benefits.

Unemployment Compensation
Unemployment compensation represents the first and perhaps last line of defense against the ripple effect of joblessness. Then intention of the program is to provide eligible, unemployed workers with a weekly income adequate to allow them to afford the necessities of life, including food, shelter and clothing while they look for new jobs.

Welfare Reform in the United States
From the Great Depression of the 1930s, until 1996, welfare in the United States consisted of little more than guaranteed cash payments to the poor. Monthly benefits were paid to poor persons -- mainly mothers and children -- regardless of their ability to work, assets on hand or other personal circumstances. As a result, many people remained on welfare for their entire lives. In 1996, Congress passed a law that resulted in sweeping welfare reform.

About Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal government benefit program providing cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter to persons who are blind or otherwise disabled and have little or no other income.

Top Ten Federal Benefit and Assistance Programs
There are federal benefit programs available to help with many other life situations and needs. Here you will find profiles, including basic eligibility criteria and contact information for 10 of the most popular federal benefit and assistance programs.

Your Tax Dollars at Work, or Not? How to Find Out
Rather than simply paying our money and taking our chances, U.S. taxpayers now have a simple way of finding out which federal programs are working, which are not.

Profile of a Federal Benefit Program: Emergency Food Assistance
Profile of the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program.

Federal Benefit Program: Weatherization Assistance for Low Income Persons
Profile of federal Weatherization Assistance benefit program for low income persons.

Profile of a Federal Benefit Program: Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers
Profile of the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers program.

Profile of a Federal Benefit Program: Food Stamps
Profile of the Federal Food Stamp benefit program.

Profile of Federal Benefit Program: Employment and Training Assistance
Profile of employment and job training assistance available from the federal government.

Profile of a Federal Benefit Program: Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
Profile of the federal Medicare Prescription Drug Plan benefit.

Profile of a Federal Benefit Program: Stafford Student Loans
Profile of the federal Stafford Student Loan benefit program.

Profile of Federal Benefit Program: Social Security Retirement
Profile of the federal Social Security retirement benefit program.

Federal Benefit Program: Medicaid
Profile of the federal Medicaid benefit program

Profile of Federal Benefit Program: Medicare
Profile of the fedaral Medicare benefit program.

Social Security Primer
Since 1935, Social Security benefits have provided a dependable monthly income for retired persons, and disabled workers and their dependents. For some two-thirds of America's retirees, Social Security is the main source of income and the only source of income for the rest.

Medicare Primer
Medicare, created in 1965 as an amendment to the Social Security program, provides health insurance to persons age 65 and older, to qualifying persons under 65 with disabilities, and to persons of any age suffering from permanent kidney failure.

Extra Help For Medicare's Prescription Drug Plan
The Social Security Administration wants you to know that Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes and resources may be able to get extra financial help paying for prescription drugs.

Medicare Drug Cards a 'Must' for Low-income Beneficiaries
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is advising some seven million Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes that a Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card could save them between 29 and 77 percent on the price of their brand name drugs.

Career Help from the U.S. Government
No matter what obstacles stand between you and a stable, rewarding career, the U.S. government has resources to help you overcome them.

Federal Student Aid Primer
You want to go to college so you can make lots of money, but you don't have any money to go to college. Congratulations! You have just met the main requirement for getting government student financial aid.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
A searchable compendium of all grants and public assistance programs currently funded by the U.S. federal government.

When the Checks Not in the Mail
Government benefit check late? Here is some advice on how to deal with missing or incorrect checks from the government.

Money for a Small Business
The U.S. government does not currently provide grants for starting or expanding a small business. However, the government does offer plenty of free help in planning how to start or improve your business and in securing low-interest SBA-backed small business loans.

Veterans Benefits Administration
Of the 25 million veterans currently alive, nearly three of every four served during a war or an official period of hostility. About a quarter of the nation's population -- approximately 70 million people -- are potentially eligible for VA benefits and services because they are veterans, family members or survivors of veterans.

Financial Aid for Cancer Patients
Anyone who has ever had to deal with cancer knows the staggering financial burdens the disease imposes on both patients and their families. In many cases, private or corporate health insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost. But, for persons without health insurance, financial assistance from both government and private organizations is available.

Health Insurance for Uninsured Children
Some 9 million children in the U.S. are not covered by health insurance. Sadly, more than 6 million of those children could be getting health care coverage through Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

A Brief History of Unemployment Compensation and Partisanship
Refer to this timeline to learn about unemployment compensation extensions. Find out more about who opposed unemployment compensation extensions. Learn about why politicians opposed unemployment compensation extensions. Find out why unemployment compensation extensions sparked controversy in 2010.

How Long Can We Afford to Keep Paying Out Unemployment Benefits?
Refer to this timeline to learn about unemployment compensation extensions and jobless rates. Find out more about historica unemployment rates when benefits were allowed to expire. Learn about the federal deficit and national debt at the time unemployment extensions were allowed to expire. Learn about the level of debt economists believe is acceptable.

Are You Eligible for Federal Government Benefits?
How can the government help me? A new Web site from the U.S. Department of Labor answers that often-asked question by helping Americans determine their eligibility for U.S. government assistance programs.

Guess Who Else Got Stimulus Checks in 2009
Find out why the government mailed stimulus checks to dead people and those behind bars in 2009. See how much the government lost in stimulus checks to the deceased and incarcerated. Learn about how many dead people got stimulus checks and how much the government recovered in erroneously mailed stimulus checks.

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