Children who don’t get enough to eat, have insufficient heat in their homes, or have no health insurance may be entitled to public benefits to assist them. Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Children, Medicaid, and Energy Assistance can provide more stability and health for a sick child and her family.
If a family is turned down for benefits, the family has a right to appeal the denial decision. An attorney can represent the family in an appeal. If a low-income family is not getting benefits, the family should be referred to the Department of Social Services to apply. If the application is denied, the family should be referred to the legal team of the Medical-Legal Partnership for legal analysis and potential representation.
This power point provides more information about the public benefit programs available to low-income families.