What is a Benefit Specialist?
Disability Benefit Specialists helps people between the ages of 18 and 59 and Elder Benefit Specialists to help people over the age of 60, who are encountering problems with private or government benefit programs. They are highly knowledgeable in the following areas: Medicare, FoodShare, Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SeniorCare and Medical Assistance. Benefit specialists are trained and guided by attorneys who specialize in elder and disability law. They are often called "the red tape cutters", and their mission is to help people figure out what benefits they are entitled to and what they must do to receive them.
A Benefit Specialist is an advocate who can act on behalf of an individual with other parties involved. Many of the benefit issues faced by seniors and people with disabilities can be very complex. A phone conversation can often times be sufficient to provide information and guidance. A home visit or office appointment may be necessary to review paper work and to examine all opportunities of support and assistance.
Ashley Sanborn - Disability Benefit Specialist (ages 18-59)
Welcome to Medicare
In an effort to meet the increased demand for Medicare counseling and all its complexities, the Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) program now offers “Welcome to Medicare” workshops throughout the year for Dodge County residents who will be newly eligible for Medicare.
This workshop is ideal for people who will be turning 65 in the upcoming months and will be newly eligible for Medicare…. However, it can also be helpful to ANY Medicare beneficiary who has questions or concerns regarding complicated Medicare options and benefits.
This casual workshop is limited to 10 participants. It is a complete and comprehensive overview, and participants do have an opportunity to ask questions throughout the class. Every effort is made to provide all with a better understanding of how Medicare “works” and how to objectively compare their insurance for health and drug coverage.
Click here to see the 2020 Medicare Workshop Schedule
Wisconsin State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Click the image below to learn about the Wisconsin State Health Insurance Assistance Program, or SHIP, a public service for people with Medicare.
Medicare & You: Understanding Your Medicare Choices
Click the image below for an educational video from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Lawyer Referral and Information Services
Speak to an attorney in your area at the rate of $20 for the first 30 minutes
Legal Action of Wisconsin- Madison Office
Pro-Bono Legal Information Project: FREE Legal Consultation
WI Guardianship Support Center
Other Helpful Resources
Social Security Administration
No Call Registry/Junk Mail
In order to remove your name from mailing lists and reduce the amount of "junk mail" received at your home, you can do so by visiting Direct Marketing Association's website.