Term Pension Benefits Assistance
Code FT-1000.6500
Definition Programs that provide information, education, advocacy and/or other forms or legal assistance for people who are experiencing difficulties understanding or collecting their retirement benefits or who have other complaints about the terms or administration of their public or private pension plan or fund.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 10/17/13
Use References Pension Benefits Counseling
Pension Complaints
Pension Counseling Projects
Pension Hotlines
See Also References Labor and Employment Law (FT-4150)
Labor Law Violations Reporting (FN-1700.3960)
Pension Benefits Regulation (DF-8000.4500-650)
External Classification Terms Legal Aid-Civil (UW 6.1.03.02)
Legal, Consumer and Public Safety Services (AIRS LE-450)
Legal/Public Safety (CAN LP-450)
Legal Services (NTE I80)
Specialized Law Practice Areas (NPC I06)
Related Concepts Advocacy/Rights Protection
Financial Services/Benefits
Long Term Care
Older Adults
Facet Service
Comments NOTE: A lot of different types of programs help people complete and file application/enrollment forms for various types of benefits and/or are authorized, often by contract, to do eligibility determinations for a specific program. With so many different types of players, it is sometimes difficult to decide which Taxonomy term to select. Here are some guidelines: Use the Benefits Assistance terms in the FT-1000 section for application assistance provided by programs devoted primarily to advocacy for people to ensure that they understand and receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Use Benefits Screening (PH-0700) for programs that provide application assistance in the context of a general assessment of an individual's eligibility for a wide variety of benefits. Use the application/enrollment terms in the NL and NS sections of the Taxonomy for both federal, state, provincial or county offices tasked with benefits application/enrollment processing and eligibility determinations; and for other programs outside those systems that help people complete and file benefits application/enrollment forms or are authorized to do eligibility determinations for a specific benefit. Use Certificates/Forms Assistance (FT-1020) for assistance with any of the wide variety of forms, certificates and other official documents that people need to read and understand or complete and file that do not have a high enough profile to be covered by a dedicated Taxonomy term.
Bibliographic References "Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefits Advocacy Program", BC Coalition of People with Disabilities website, http://www.bccpd.bc.ca/s/ADA.asp?ReportID=86295

"Pension Counseling", U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)website, Department of Health & Human Services, http://www.aoa.gov/prof/aoaprog/pensioncounseling/pencounseling.asp

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