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North Dakota public assistance.

Working poor and low income North Dakota families can receive help from public assistance and government aid. The state administers various resources for the low income, seniors, unemployed, and people who are struggling. Most of the assistance is offered by the North Dakota Department of Human Services, and it is focused on meeting critical needs such as food, health care, and cash assistance for paying emergency bills.

Receive information on affordable child and day care programs, or receive financial assistance, from the Child Care Assistance Program, or CCAP. Any type of payments made to families will be based on a sliding fee scale. North Dakota may require the client to pay a portion of the bill, and if the family needs to pay a co-pay of the child care bill, the amount due will be based on number of household members and their income.

North Dakota Basic Care Assistance Program is for disabled, blind or senior citizens who need services or assistance in a licensed, basic care facility. Grants can help people pay for their care. Public aid is only offered for people over 18 who are disabled or blind, and who are also enrolled in Medicaid.

Public cash assistance and job training is provided by TANF/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as well as Job Opportunities and Basic Skills (JOBS) Programs. These federal government funded programs were created to help low-income and working poor families move from public assistance to self-sufficiency. Cash assistance is offered for bills such as rent and food, and JOBS can assist with work readiness, job placement services, and training. The non-profit Job Service North Dakota is a major contributor.

Prescription Connection is offered by the North Dakota Insurance Department. It can help some low-income North Dakotans patients save money by accessing discount programs that are offered by pharmaceutical companies.

Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help low-income North Dakota families meet their nutritional needs. Tens of thousands of residents benefit from this program monthly, with a large percentage of them being families with children as well as families that are currently working, but their jobs are low paying. Any type of cash benefits or public vouchers will be issued on EBT cards, and beneficiaries can buy food items and groceries at supermarkets or grocery stores.




Healthy Steps Children's Health Insurance Program is North Dakota’s version of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). It offers free medical care, medications, and aid to children. It is for families who lack health insurance, do not qualify for the North Dakota Medicaid Program, and are under 18 years old.

CHIP can pay for medical bills and services such as inpatient hospital stay, medical, and surgical services; prescription medications; Outpatient hospital and clinic services; Prenatal services; Dental and vision services; mental health services; immunizations and much more. Call 1-877-543-7669

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program can help pay for heating bills. The North Dakota Energy Assistance Program helps eligible families and individuals pay their heating bills, address heating and insulation costs in the winter, and provides other benefits. Thousands of people sign up for the year, many who receive other forms of public assistance such as TANF.

Cash grants can pay for heating bill assistance, furnace replacements, minor repairs, furnace and chimney cleaning, and resources that can make your home energy efficient.

Medicaid is the main federal government funded public health insurance program. It pays for a specific list of medical services. Be sure to check with your hospital, doctor, or program terms for what is covered or not. In general, Medicaid in North Dakota will pay for Outpatient services such as emergency room supplies, services and bills. Inpatient care, including regular nursing services, can be covered. Other medical bills that may be paid for include, but are not limited to, supplies, lab, X-ray, therapies, drugs and biological, and outpatient surgery. Nursing care, therapies, and wheelchairs may be covered.

Medicaid can also help pay for care at clinics, Rural Health care centers, and similar locations in North Dakota. The program can also assist with health care and support services to terminally ill individuals and their families.

To learn more about these and other government assistance programs, call the North Dakota Department of Human Services, 600 E Boulevard Ave, Department 325, Bismarck, ND 58505-0250, phone (701) 328-2321. Or try calling the Economic Assistance Policy Division at (701) 328-2332. This organization administers many of the cash assistance programs such as TANF.




By Jon McNamara











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