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Advantages To Having A PASS Plan

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  • You get to save money for a goal of being self supporting, while continuing to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and receive Medicaid.
  • Having a PASS can save you rent and food money and increase your other benefits. The artificially reduced PASS income - and not your higher actual income - is what other help programs such as Section 8, subsidized apartments, public housing, home energy assistance, food stamps, school lunches, Housing Opportunities For Persons With AIDS (HOPWA), WIC (the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children) and TANF (Temporary Assistance For Needy Families) must count by federal law if you submit documentation to them.
  • Some states are allowed, but not required, to count the lesser PASS income, rather than the higher, total income for their ADAP, Ryan White and other assistance programs.

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