BC Ministry of Social Development

Remember: Review your own needs!

  

Although, there does not seem to be an "official" policy in place about yearly reviews for PWD benefits, it appears that people are no longer being asked to come into the Ministry offices every year to prove they are still disabled.

While this is mostly a GOOD thing you must remember that as your health or living situations change, you may be eligible for an additional  supplement or benefit.  Even if you are not being asked to attend an office to do a yearly review, take the time to review your own needs.  It might be time to visit your local MEIA office and ask for a reveiw.

Get your free copy of Safe and Secure!!!

  

Safe and Secure is PLAN’s first book, which contains everything a family needs to know about future planning for a relative with a disability.  Families have told us that it is an invaluable resource. 

We have recently re-written the book (updated and with RDSP info) and the BC Government has pre-paid for your copy.

You can pick it up at your local London Drugs! (check the pharmacy department). 

 

I’ve inherited $10,000 but I am going to lose my BC Disability Assistance

  

BC Disability Assistance has long permitted people who recevie sums of money, such as an inheritance, to set it up in a trust and continue to receive their income and other benefits.  The problem is that setting up a trust is complicated and generally we don’t encourage people to do it themselves without visiting a lawyer (which has a cost).

NOW under some circumstances, people can deposit the inheritance in a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) (at no cost).

The person must qualify for the federal disability tax credit and be 59 years old or younger.

The RDSP is an exempt asset in BC (and all other provinces) and can be used for any purpose in bc (and MOST other provinces) without impacting Disability Assistance.

 For more information, visit www.rdsp.com

 

December is the month to see your dentist!

  

Persons with Disabilities on  provincial assistance have a maximum dental coverage limit of $1000 over two calendar years.  That means that many people have unused portions that they are unaware of. The administrative staff at the dental office calls Victoria with the individual’s Care Card number and can confirm whether or not there is any amount remaining.  It’s also a good time to get major work completed as they can possibly string two eligibility periods together.  So, for many it can be a "use it or lose it" situation!

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