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VIDEO: Agencies Spotlight Help for People Struggling Across the State

Website Lets New Yorkers Check Eligibility, Apply for Aid

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Albany, NY (November 23, 2010) -

/food stampsThe State Department of Labor and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today reminded New Yorkers about programs and services that can help them cope with the economy.  The agencies also prompted people who struggle to put food on the table to apply for assistance, including home energy support, food stamps and health insurance for children.  New York has created a web site where you can quickly and easily see if you qualify for benefits and services: myBenefits.ny.gov.

This web site is extremely important because on November 30, the federal emergency unemployment benefits program is set to expire and, without Congressional legislative action, approximately 200,000 New Yorkers will prematurely lose their benefits in December.
The myBenefits site, launched in May 2008, lets New Yorkers use a simple online prescreening to learn if they can qualify for multiple benefits. The benefits include:
•    food stamps
•    home energy assistance
•    Earned Income Tax Credits
•    child and dependent care credits
•    Medicaid
•    Family Health Plus
•    Child Health Plus
•    school lunch programs
Residents of more than 50 counties can apply directly for food stamps from any computer with Internet access around the clock. This electronic food stamp application is expected to be available statewide by the end of the year.
The State plans to add other program screenings to myBenefits, over time, with the ultimate goal allowing people to apply for numerous programs by simply filling out one application online.
For more information, please visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov or www.labor.ny.gov.

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