Colorado Disability Benefits 101 for Disabled Children & Adults
Are you confused about which disability benefits you or a family member may qualify for? Many people become overwhelmed trying to understand Medicaid. Fortunately, organizations like Nursing & Therapy Services of Colorado (NTSOC) can make sorting through Colorado Disability Benefits much easier.
If you do not see your question answered below, please contact us here.
What is Colorado DB101?
Colorado DB101 is a website with information for career planning and other benefits for Coloradans with Disabilities. Using the website tools, you can find out how employment works with disability benefits and helps those with disabilities find a job.
What is a case manager?
Case Managers who are also known as Service or Resource Coordinators, help individuals with a disability and their families with a variety of services to meet their needs. Case management for adults with disabilities includes assistance with finding and applying to resources that are right for you.
What do I need to bring to apply for services?
Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the things listed below to apply for Colorado Disability Benefits, your Case Manager can help you find who to ask. They can also help you to schedule appointments to have other testing as necessary.
- School Records
- Psychological/IQ Testing Results
- Medical history
- Birth Certificate (copy)
- Social Security Card (copy)
- A Parents Driver’s license (copy)
- Insurance card front and back (if the individual does have a primary insurance provider)/Medicaid Card
- Names of all members living in the home, dates of birth, and social security numbers for all members in the home
What if eligibility is approved?
Your case manager will meet with you to review the services available and develop an individualized plan. For school age children, this often includes an Individual Education Program (IEP).
The CHCBS waiver includes IHSS/CNA services and case management services to assist with taking care of their children.
What if I am put on a waiting list?
Your Case Manager will work with you or your family to identify other services that might be of help to you.
What is SSI & SSDI, & how do they differentiate?
Federal SSI benefits provide minimal financial assistance to older adults and persons with disabilities who have limited income or other resources. SSDI benefits are based on disability and work credits earned. Individuals who receive SSDI don’t automatically qualify for any health coverage for 2 years.
What is the difference between Social Security benefits, Medicaid, & Medicare?
In most states, if you receive SSI benefits, you also qualify for Medicaid. Medicare is linked to Social Security benefits in much the same way. Some people receive both SSI and Social Security benefits and are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
What disability benefits does my child in Colorado qualify for?
If your child is at risk of needing care in a hospital or skilled nursing facility, they may qualify for The Children’s Home and Community-Based Services Waiver. It is an extra set of Health First Colorado benefits available for children with significant medical needs.
Your child must:
- Need long-term support services typically provided in a skilled nursing facility or hospital.
- Meet the SSA’s definition of disability.
- Under 18 years of age
- Meet current income guidelines
What if my child is about to age out of the system?
Because each situation is different, a case manager can assist you with reviewing your family’s options based on your specific set of circumstances. Could you benefit from Case management for adults with disabilities? Do you need assistance with the Medicaid qualification process for your disabled loved one so they can receive the care that they need? We are here to help. Contact us here today to get started!