The Benefit Bank of SC
Know youth leaving foster care who need to apply for Medicaid? Or who need help with other services like filing their taxes or help getting SNAP (food stamp) benefits?
Free help is available! SC Thrive is an organization that helps people get the resources they need through their online Benefit Bank. They provide personalized help, and youth can apply for all the benefits they need in one interview!
Check out the SC Thrive website for resources and helpful information for youth transitioning out of care. Youth can call 1-800-726-8774 to speak with a Benefit Bank counselor. Below are some of the key services offered by SC Thrive:
- Medicaid: Youth who were in foster care at age 18 should already be enrolled in Medicaid and can stay on Medicaid until 26.
If youth left care before 18 and are without health insurance, refer them to Healthy Connections Medicaid to learn more about this low-cost healthcare coverage.
- Welvista is a SC Thrive partner that provides prescription medicine to eligible individuals without insurance. Click here to learn more.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): SNAP (known as Food Stamps) is a federal program that helps with the cost of groceries. Click here to learn more about SNAP benefits and share this information with your youth.
- South Carolina State and Federal Taxes: Youth can use a Self-Serve option or find a SC Thrive Tax Site near them for counselor help with filing their taxes. Click here to learn more.
SC Thrive also offers information and help for:
- Voter Registration
- Completing the FAFSA application for student loans for college
- Military & Veterans Benefits
- Social Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
- Family Independence (FI)
Be sure to check out the SC Thrive website today and let youth with foster care experience with whom you interact know about this great resource!
Thank you for all you do for South Carolina’s youth!