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BEST will screen for the following benefits:
- Social Security Disability
- Social Security Retirement
- Social Security Survivors
- Special Veterans
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
BEST will NOT screen for help with Medicare prescription drug plan costs. If you have Medicare, you might be eligible for this program.
Please allow approximately 5 to 10 minutes to answer all questions.
BEST will ask for:
- your (and your spouse's) date of birth, date of marriage(s) and earnings information.
- information about your personal finances to determine if you could be eligible for SSI or qualify for help with your Medicare premium.
Yes, we need you to answer all of the questions. Based on your answers, BEST will tell you all the programs you could qualify for.
If you answer that you already get any of the benefits listed above, BEST will not screen for those same benefits again; however, it will screen for the other benefits.
No one else will see the answers you give. When you leave BEST, all of your answers will be erased. Social Security will not keep any record of your answers. In fact, you may want to print a copy of each page for your own records as you go through the questions.
If you do not understand a question, click the question mark icon to view help text for that question.
If you're answering these questions on behalf of someone else (including a child), the term "you" applies to that person. Answer the questions as they apply to the person you are helping.
After you complete the questions and see the results, if you decide that you would like to apply for any of the benefits, you must contact Social Security to file an application.
BEST is designed to allow users to access all the information on the site, including the eligibility screening questionnaire, via the keyboard. On each page, your keyboard's Tab button will advance you between questions. At the end of the questionnaire, you will have access to your results.
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