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State Unit on Aging
"To promote the Dignity, Independence, and
                                    Freedom of Choice for Older Nebraskans"


Income Support

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides part-time paid training opportunities.  This work experience training is provided at schools, hospitals, senior centers and a wide variety of other community service organizations.   This program's goal is to prepare older workers for local employment.  Program eligibility includes age (at least 55 years of age) and income criteria.
For more information on this program contact your local Area Agency on Aging or the State Unit on Aging.

Social Security
Social Security is a retirement program for Americans who have paid for coverage through payroll deduction or self-employment taxes.  The Railroad Retirement Insurance system provides retirement, disability, and survivors benefits under rules approximately the same as for Social Security.  There are three basic categories of benefits under Social Security, retirement, disability, and dependent/survivor benefits.   The rules, payment schedules, and qualifications for each are distinct, but the programs have one thing in common, benefits are paid based on a person's average wages in jobs covered by Social Security.  Although one may qualify for more than one type of benefit under Social Security, a person can only collect on one of the three benefits.
Social Security not only provides benefits to the worker but also to the worker's family when the worker retires, becomes disabled, or dies.  However, not every surviving family member can collect these benefits.  Check with the Social Security Administration to see if you qualify by calling 800-772-1213.  For more information visit the Social Security Website at

Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal cash benefit program designed to guarantee a minimum monthly income to persons who are either 65 or older, blind, or disabled and who have limited incomes.  For more information call 800-772-1213.  State Supplement in Nebraska provides its elderly or disabled citizens a state supplement to the federal SSI payment.  A person may be eligible for this supplement depending upon the amount of monthly expenses.  To learn more, ask your local Health & Human Services Office about a supplement to your SSI payment.

Veterans' Benefits
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs operates a number of programs providing financial, medical, and other assistance to veterans.  To be considered a veteran, a person must have served in the armed forces and received an honorable or general discharge.  For more information visit

State Veterans' Benefits - the Nebraska Department of Veteran's Affairs administers a number of programs to assist honorably discharged veterans and eligible dependents and services as a depository for discharges.  Visit for more information.  County Veterans' Service Officers assist people who reside within their own county with federal, state and county benefits.  Sometimes there are benefits available which are specific to the county where the veteran resides.  Call your local County Veterans' Service Office for more information.

For more information, contact:
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Medicaid & Long-Term Care
State Unit on Aging
P. O. Box 95026
Lincoln NE  68509-5026

Phone: (402) 471-2307,     
1-800-942-7830 (Nebraska only)
Fax: (402) 471-4619

Physical Address
Nebraska State Office Building
5th Floor
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln NE  68508


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