EAEDC Advocacy Guide

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Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Alert: Please note that this guide has not been updated since 2017. Please check with a legal services advocate for updates before relying on specific information in the guide. MLRI is working on updating this Guide. 

An Advocate's Guide to Emergency Aid to Elders, Disabled and Children in Massachusetts - 2017 Edition.

EAEDC is a state-funded cash assistance benefit for individuals with disabilities (typically awaiting an SSI determination or appeal), elders age 65+ who do not qualify for federal SSI, and certain children who do not qualify for TAFDC.

Using a question and answer format, the 2017 EAEDC Advocacy Guide covers the eligibility criteria, application process and verifications, disability evaluation process, how the EAEDC benefits are calculated and appeal rights. The Advocacy Guide provides detailed references to DTA regulations and procedural materials governing this program. The Guide also includes copies of the most up-to-date EAEDC Medical Report form, EAEDC Disability Supplement, the disability "grid" used by the Disability Evaluation Service and more.

Read the 2017 EAEDC Advocacy Guide online on the MassLegalServices.org website. 

Downloadable PDFs of each EAEDC chapter:

Table of Contents (September 2017)


 Part 1 Categorical Eligibility (September 2017)

 Part 2 Other Eligibility Conditions (September 2017)

 Part 3 Financial Eligibility (September 2017)

 Part 4 Benefits (September 2017)

 Part 5 Applications and Proofs (September 2017)

 Part 6 Proving Continuing Eligibility (September 2017)

 Part 7 Appeal Rights (September 2017)

 Part 8 Overpayments and Fraud (September 2017)

Covers and Acknowledgments (September 2017)

EAEDC Advocacy Guide with Appendices (September 2017)

Appendix A EAEDC Medical report form - fillable (September 2017)

Appendix B EAEDC Disability Supplement - fillable (September 2017)

Appendix C DES Disability Tracking Form (September 2017)

Appendix D The Grid (September 2017)

Appendix E Authorization for Reimbursement of Interim Assistance (September 2017)

 Appendix F Standards of Assistance (September 2017)

Appendix G Request for Fair Hearing not fillable yet (September 2017)

Appendix H Department of Transitional Assistance Offices Listing (September 2017)

Appendix I Massachusetts Legal Services Offices (September 2017)



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