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Georgia Military and Veterans Help Guide

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The following content is from the brochure, "Georgia Military and Veterans Help Guide," prepared by the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center, 2016.

 

Do you and all the members of your family have adequate health insurance?

Health care coverage options for military veterans: Tricare, ACA, Medicaid

If you're enrolled in TRICARE or the Veterans health care program, you're considered covered under the health care law. You don't have to make any changes.

 

If you don’t have veterans or other health coverage, you can use the Marketplace to enroll in a plan.

 

Why aren’t you enrolled in VA Health?  You can apply anytime. 

 

How do I enroll for VA health care coverage for me and my family?

You may apply in one of three convenient ways: visit www.va.gov/healthbenefits/enroll, call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or visit your local VA health care facility.

 

If I and my family do not qualify for VA health care, Can I still enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace (the Affordable Care Act, commonly called “ObamaCare”) even when we’re not in an open enrollment period?

 

Individuals with a qualifying life event can enroll in health coverage or change their coverage outside of the open enrollment period and have it be effective for that coverage year. Qualifying life events include having a baby or getting married. Visit www.healthcare.gov/coverage-outside-open-enrollment to learn more about these qualifying life events and other circumstances for special enrollment. 

 

The state of Georgia has not expanded its Medicaid program under ACA, excluding many lower and middle-income Georgians from accessing ACA marketplace health care insurance. But remember, even if you and your partner are not eligible for health insurance under ACA, your children may be eligible for Medicaid insurance.

 

Women Veterans and Health Care Access

The VA has an Office of Women’s Health.  Woman Veterans who are interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the Women Veterans Program Manager.

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Find a VA Health Facility Near You

 

Fact Sheet: What You Should Know about VA Health Care & the Affordable Care Act

 

Health Care for Armed Services

 

Health Care for Your Children

 

Denied Medicaid? New Medicaid Rules for Georgians under the Affordable Care Act

 

Can you afford premiums and co-pays for medical treatment?

 

Special Medicaid programs can help pay Medicare costs. You may qualify if your income (before the Part B premium is taken out of your check) is within certain limits. There are also limits on countable assets. These special Medicaid programs will cut down Medicare costs and also allow you to keep more of your Social Security check!

 

Learn about Medicaid Programs that Can Help You Pay for Medicare Premiums

 

Medicaid Help with Medicare Cost Sharing for Seniors and People with Disabilities

 

Find programs near me that can help pay for prescriptions

https://www.benefitscheckup.org/cf/frmwelcome2.cfm?subset_id=39&partner_id=0&sc_partner_id=0&preview_zip_39=30303&CFID=13169132&CFTOKEN=11745137

 

Do you need help finding mental health resources?

Suicide and Depression

Warning signs that requires immediate attention

  • Thinking about hurting or killing one's self

  • Looking for ways to kill yourself

  • Talking about death, dying or suicide

  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, and so on

 

GET HELP

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline and online chat.

 Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.   You do NOT need to have VA health insurance to get help!

 

OR Link  http://veteranscrisisline.net/gochat/

 

More Resources:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide and those impacted by suicide.

 

Survivors of Suicide Fact Sheet (PDF) the loss of a loved one by suicide is often shocking, painful and unexpected. The grief that ensues can be intense, complex, and long term.

 

Survivors of Suicide provides helpful tips for dealing with the loss of a loved one

 

Grief and Loss? 

Vet Centers: help and support people with emotional and psychological stress incurred after the death of a loved one. The counseling includes a broad range of transition services, like outreach, counseling and referral services to family members. Visit www.vetcenter.va.gov. 

 

The Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) offers free and confidential crisis intervention 24/7. If you are in need of immediate assistance please contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) 1-800-715-4225.

 

PTSD and Substance Abuse Help

 

Counseling Services

Vet Centers offer readjustment counseling for returning Veterans, individual and group counseling for Veterans and families, family counseling and more. Visit www.vetcenter.va.gov/ for more information and to find a community-based Vet Center. All services are free.

 

The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities offers access mental health, substance abuse and crisis and emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 1-800-715-4225.

 

To locate a provider, visit ReferralConnect.

 

To locate treatment or support services for individuals with mental illness, substance abuse disorders or developmental disabilities, visit www.mygcal.com

 

Map of State Psychiatric Hospitals, Private Hospitals (contracted), and Community Service Areas

 

Do you need assistance in locating resources to care for your elderly family members?

Services for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

To request assistance, call 1-866-552-4464.  Learn more at www.aging.ga.gov.  Trained information specialists from the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services can help older adults and people with disabilities identify community resources and apply for services, including Community Care Services Program (CCSP), which helps Medicaid-eligible individuals who cannot perform activities of daily living, to continue living in their homes and communities and avoid placement in a nursing home. 

  • Adult day health services: This includes nursing care, personal care, occupational, speech and physical therapy, dietary services, and assistance from a social worker.

  • Alternative living services: These services are provided in state-licensed residences with 24-hour supervision and support services for people who cannot remain in their homes.

  • Emergency response services (ERS): ERS provides provide two-way electronic communication between a monitoring service and an isolated individual.

  • Home-delivered meals

  • Home health services and social services provided by a home health agency

  • Personal support services such as light housekeeping, basic personal care, and caregiver respite.

 
Education and Help on Medicare Issues in Georgia

GeorgiaCares is a private-public partnership that consists of Georgia's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and which provides individuals with Medicare information and counseling.  Call 1-866-552-4464, Option 4. Services include help with Mediare Part D Prescription Drug plans and services.

 

Do you have questions about income support in general?

Adult SSI and SSI

http://www.georgialegalaid.org/files/6FCBD72D-B465-109D-9EC1-5A4F52A74EE9/attachments/A8FA5DC6-929F-E483-7110-BD41F10549DD/438681What%20Does%20SS%20and%20SSI%20Mean%20(2).pdf

 

Veterans Cash Benefits

http://www.georgialegalaid.org/resource/federal-benefits-for-veterans-and-dependents?ref=ykWOW

 

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) in Georgia

https://www.benefitscheckup.org/cf/snap_state.cfm?&partner_id=0&sc_partner_id=0

 

Unemployment Insurance in Georgia

https://dol.georgia.gov/get-unemployment-assistance

 

Help with Disabilities

VA Benefits for Dependents and Survivors

http://www.va.gov/opa/persona/dependent_survivor.asp

 

Social Security Dependent Benefits

If you are disabled and receiving Social Security benefits, your dependents may also be eligible for help. https://www.ssa.gov/planners/disability/dfamily.html

 

If you are disabled and have a child or legal dependent https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf

 

Do you have a disabled child?

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf

 

Do you have problems affording food, housing costs, utilities and child care?

Food Resources

SNAP (“Food Stamps”) https://www.benefitscheckup.org/cf/snap_state.cfm?&partner_id=0&sc_partner_id=0

Food Pantries/ Food banks

http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/

Hunger Resources

http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/commodity-supplemental-food-program-overview-0

 

Housing Resources

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash

 

Resources for Homeless Veterans or for Preventing Homelessness

Visit www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter.asp  or call (877) 4AIDVET / (877) 424-3838.

 

Homeless Prevention Resources in Georgia

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/states/georgia/homeless

 

VA Home Loans

Apply for a home loan guaranty certificate to be used at a lending institution when securing financing. Visit www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans  or call (888) 768-2132

 

Georgia Disabled Veteran Homestead Tax Exemption  https://veterans.georgia.gov/book-page/disabled-veteran-homestead-tax-exemption

 

Need Help Find Resources in your area? Visit United Way 211 or call 211

http://www.211.org/ 

 

Special Georgia Tax Exemptions for Veterans or Disabled Veterans

https://veterans.georgia.gov/book-page/tax-exemptions

 

Utility Assistance in Georgia

Weatherization

If you have a problem with heating and cooling your house, you may qualify for free help weatherizing your home.  http://gefa.georgia.gov/how-do-i-apply-weatherization

 

Do you need help paying your utility bills?

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/georgia_utility_bill_and_cooli.html

 

Do you need help with education, employment or child care?

Education

GI Bill Education Benefits

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

 

Education for Surviving Dependents

http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp

 

Yellow Ribbon Program – Help with Tuition for Non-residents

https://gibill.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/965

 

National Guard Grant Education Assistance

https://www.nationalguard.com/education

 

Employment

Georgia Department of Labor Special Services for Veterans

https://dol.georgia.gov/find-veteran-assistance-and-information

 

Connectvets.org provides assistance in transitioning from service to private sector employment

www.ConnectVets.org

 

VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Education

http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/employment_tracks.asp

 

Child Care Help

http://www.usacares.org/?page_id=1415

 

Do you or your child experience verbal or physical abuse in your home?

Call the Family Violence Hotline at 1.800.33.HAVEN (1.800.334.2836) or visit http://gcadv.org/get-help/ to get help.

 

Do you need legal advice or assistance?

Free legal information and self-help materials and directory of legal aid and pro bono programs in Georgia

http://www.georgialegalaid.org/find-legal-help

 

Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program

https://www.gabar.org/publicservice/militarylegalassistance.cfm

 

Veterans Pro Bono Consortium

http://www.vetsprobono.org/

 

Law School Clinics

Emory Law School Veterans Clinic

http://law.emory.edu/academics/clinics/volunteer-clinic-for-veterans.html

 

Georgia State University Law School Veterans Clinic

http://law.gsu.edu/experiential-learning/volunteer-clinic-veterans/

 

ABA Military Legal Assistance Program

www.militaryprobono.org

www.GIRightsHotline.org

www.swords-to-plowshares.org


Perks for Veterans in Georgia

 

 

 

 

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Última revisión y actualización: Nov 07, 2016