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Practice Areas: Medicaid, Social Security and other Public Benefits


Frankel & Kershenbaum LLC helps clients resolve legal problems pertaining to many different governmental benefit programs run by the Social Security Administration and Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare and Department of Insurance.  Children with special needs, adults with disabilities and those of advanced age are eligible for a variety of benefits programs to assist them in obtaining health care and other services.  These programs include Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare as well as Medical Assistance (MA) or Medicaid and its various Waiver Programs.

Eligibility.  We understand public benefit programs and can help you, your child or elderly parent determine eligibility for benefits and access those benefits.  Eligibility for public benefit programs is subject to numerous factors.  We will work with your family to identify each program for which your family qualifies, and we will assist you with the application process and make sure that your family collects the important benefits to which it is entitled. 

Disputes & Appeals.  We work with individuals and families to appeal denials of benefits and resolve other conflicts with benefits providers.  We think outside the box and work creatively and amicably with families and the relevant agency officials to develop practical solutions to challenging legal problems involving public benefits.

Medicaid/Medical Assistance.  Medicaid, or Medical Assistance as it is called in Pennsylvania, is a public health insurance program that is administered by the states and funded in part by the federal government.  Medicaid and Medical Assistance provide health insurance to eligible children and adults.

Medicare.  Medicare is a public health insurance program.  Senior citizens and certain persons with disabilities may qualify for Medicare.

Medicaid/MA Waivers.  Waivers allow qualifying children and adults with certain disabilities to receive health care in their homes.  We have experience working with families to apply for, preserve and protect Waiver eligibility even during periods of extended hospitalization.

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI).  SSDI provides income replacement payments to adults with disabilities.  Adults with disabilities who are unable to work may qualify for SSDI payments if they have worked for a certain period of time.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  Children and young adults with special needs may be eligible for SSI benefits.  Adults with disabilities who are unable to work and who do not qualify for SSDI benefits may also be eligible for SSI benefits.

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