benefits application and consultation services

It pays to work!
Are your consumers receiving Social Security benefits? Medicaid or Medicare assistance? Our specially trained benefits consultants can show them how it pays to work. A COVA benefits consultant will review how they can return to work and maintain their vital benefits with careful planning.

How earned income affects SSI/SSDI and medical benefits
It’s difficult not working, and most workers with disabilities want to get back to work. The Social Security Administration has encouraged everyone ready to work to begin employment without risking loss of benefits – health insurance, housing subsidies, income or food stamps.

COVA’s Benefits Specialists show your consumers the income levels they can earn to maintain benefits, and explain how by increasing their monthly incomes, they may be able to gradually transition off benefits and move to independence.

COVA’s experts coordinate all the details with your consumers’ local Social Security offices and their Job and Family Services caseworkers.

Develop a Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS)
COVA’s Benefits Specialists help your consumers plan out a comprehensive approach where income and other resources are set aside under the PASS program to enable them to obtain a work goal and ultimately become financially self-supporting.

Funds are set aside in a savings program to pay for education, specialized training or impairment-related work expenses for specialized equipment or transportation for your consumers to return to work. They can use the funds to start a business, hire a job coach or pay for any items that assist them in reaching a career goal.

Explore work incentives
Benefits Specialists from COVA can help your consumers navigate the rules with Trial Work Period and Extended Period of Eligibility if they are attempting to return to work. Impairment related work expenses may also be used with the assistance of COVA’s Benefits Specialists to help maximize monthly earnings.

Ensure your applications are complete
COVA’s Benefits Specialists are experienced in all phases of the applications for Medicaid, SSI and SSDI benefits and can assist your consumers with assembling and reviewing the appropriateness of their applications. Assistance with Medicare options, including Part D prescription coverage, is also offered by the Benefits Specialists at COVA.

Our experts have years of experience with the application process and can advise your consumers about which programs match their needs and what medical documentation is required. Ohio’s Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities is open to individuals with disabilities ages 16 to 64 and provides Medicaid health care coverage. COVA can assist workers with evaluating their qualifications and application materials.

For more information, contact:
Dreanne Zimmerman, (614) 291-3003 or


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