Education - Workshops

SSI, SSDI and DHS: Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Government Benefits

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

9:30am - 2:30pm

Springfield, IL

Presented by: Sherri Schneider, President, Family Benefit Solutions, Inc.

This interactive, information presentation will focus on the who, what, where and when of Government Benefits. Ms. Schneider will focus on Illinois Medicaid, which is vital for the clients we serve. She will cover: SSI, SSDI, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA vs AABD, Pickle, DAC, 1619, QMP, HBWD, TPL, redeterminations, new procedures at Medicaid offices and case studies. This session will end in a round of Benefit Bingo, and you will not believe all you have learned!

Learning objectives:

1.) Presenter will explain the difference between SSI and SSDI.

2.) Presenter will describe the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.

Presenter will identify crucial steps in preserving benefits. 



About the Presenter:
For over 35 years, Sherri Schneider, QDDP and President of Family Benefit Solutions, Inc., and the mother of a child with some special needs, has been tirelessly dedicated to helping individuals with special needs and their families. Her career began as a social worker in a CILA, where she helped those with developmental disabilities acquire the government benefits they so desperately needed, including SSI, Medicaid and food stamps. She helped launch one of the first CLF facilities funded under a Medicaid waiver.

As her career flourished, Ms. Schneider supervised personnel in Illinois, Missouri and Nevada to assist hospitalized patients apply for and obtain the government benefits for which they appeared eligible, with a strong emphasis on SSCI, SSI, Medicare, community and long-term care Medicaid.

Ms. Schneider now meets with families to thoroughly assess their situations and pursue appropriate benefit assistance programs by personally guiding them through the application process. Her vast experience has enabled her to establish and maintain open, productive relationships with government agencies involved in the entire decision-making process. She is the Vice President of the Arc of IL and is on faculty of The Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Both families and professionals find her in-service expertise invaluable as they attempt to navigate the government benefit arena.