Justice Benefited

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of our popular Public Benefits and HIV Advocacy Manual is updated and available. For more than 20 years, the AIDS Law Project has used the manual to present biannual public benefits and HIV advocacy training for medical case managers. It’s a definitive resource for people living with HIV and their advocates, including case managers, peer counselors, health care providers, harm reduction specialists, social workers, and D&A counselors.The 2020 edition has up-to-date information on access to public benefits, including SSI, SSDI, cash assistance (TANF benefits), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as Food Stamps), Medical Assistance, Medicare, Social Security Retirement, Affordable Care Act (Marketplace insurance), and Subsidized Housing. Each chapter explains the program, its eligibility requirements, the application process, and how to appeal if denied. We also explain how immigrant status or criminal record history may affect eligibility to receive federal and state public benefits. Also included are many practical advocacy tips.Thanks to the financial support of the AIDS Activities Coordinating Office of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, we are able to provide this valuable resource without charge.