Tribal Benefit Specialist Program

Who is eligible for services?

  • Any Tribal Elder;
  • Enrolled in a Federally Recognized Tribe;
  • Age 55 or Older; and
  • Residing within the State of Wisconsin.

What is a Tribal Elder Benefit Specialist?

A Tribal Benefit Specialist is a Native American person trained to help Tribal Elders who are having a problem with their private or government benefits.  A Tribal Benefit Specialist will assist Tribal Elders with the extensive and complicated paperwork that is often required with benefit programs.  The Tribal Benefit Specialist will help Tribal Elders determine which benefits they are eligible for, identify a process to apply for benefits, and assist in the application process.  If a Tribal Elder is denied a benefit, the Tribal Benefit Specialist can also assist the Tribal Elder in an appeal process.  Tribal Benefit Specialists are provided ongoing training and legal backup by the Indian Law Office of Wisconsin Judicare.

What can a Tribal Elder Benefit Specialist help Tribal Elders with?

  • Medicare;
  • Medicare Supplemental Insurance;
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • Social Security Retirement;
  • Social Security Disability;
  • Medical Assistance;
  • Consumer Problems;
  • Veterans Administration Benefits;
  • Supportive Home Services.

What does the Tribal Benefit Specialist cost?

The program is supported with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Older Americans Act.  There is NO CHARGE for Tribal Elders to receive services from a Tribal Benefit Specialist.

Who provides Tribal Elder Benefit Specialist services?

In addition to the Tribal Elder Benefit Specialists, each County in Wisconsin employs a full-time Benefit Specialist to serve your Benefit needs.

Bad River - Health Services Area:  Ashland, Iron Counties

Bad River ADRS
Bad River Social Services
P.O. Box 55
Odanah, WI  54861
Phone:  (715) 682-7127
Fax:  (715) 682-7883
Medical Benefits Specialist
Bad River Health & Wellness Center
53585 Nokomis Road
Ashland, WI  54806
Cell:  (715) 292-3667
Fax:  (715) 682-7857

Forest County Potawatomi - Health Services Area:  Forest, Marinette, and Oconto Counties

Tribal Benefit Specialist
Forest County Potawatomi Elderly Department
5415 Everybody's Rd, P.O. Box 340
Crandon, WI 54520
(715) 478-7203
Forest County Potawatomi Health & Wellness Center
P.O. Box 396
Crandon, WI  54520
Phone:  (715) 478-4361

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council (GLITC)

Tribal Elderly Benefit Specialist
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
2932 Highway 47 N
P.O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (800) 472-7207
Fax:  (715) 588-7900
Serves all Chippewa and Potawatomi communities
Disability Benefit Specialist
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
2932 Highway 47 N
P.O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (800) 472-7207
Fax:  (715) 588-7900
Program Coordinator
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.
2932 Highway 47 N
P.O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (800) 472-7207
Fax:  (715) 588-7900

Ho-Chunk - Health Services Area:  Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Sauk, Shawano, Vernon, and Wood Counties

Elder Benefits Specialist - WI Dells
Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Aging Unit
E8863 Winnishiek Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI  53965
Phone:  (608) 253-2185
Elder Benefit Specialist - Black River Falls
Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Aging Unit
P.O. Box 430
Black River Falls, WI  54615
Phone:  (715) 284-0811
Health Benefits Specialist
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center
N6520 Lumberjack Guy Road
Black River Falls, WI  54615
Phone:  (715) 284-9851
Fax:  (715) 284-5150
House of Wellness
S2845 White Eagle Road
Baraboo, WI  53913
Phone:  (608) 355-1240
Toll Free:  (888) 552-7889

Lac Courte Oreilles - Health Services Area:  Sawyer County

LCO Aging & Disability Resource Specialist
13878W N. Agency
Stone Lake, WI  54876
Phone:  (715) 957-0076

Elderly & Disability Resource Coordinator
13878W N. Agency
Stone Lake, WI  54876
Phone:  (715) 957-0077

MA Outreach Benefits Specialist
Lac Courte Oreilles Health Center
13380 W. Trepania Road
Hayward, WI  54843-2186
Phone:  (715) 638-5117
Fax:  (715) 634-6107

Lac du Flambeau - Health Services Area:  Vilas, Oneida, and Iron Counties

Benefits Specialists
Peter Christensen Health Center
450 Old Able Road
P.O. Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (715) 588-3371
Fax:  (715) 588-7884

Menominee Nation - Health Services Area:  Menominee, Langlade, Shawano, and Oconto Counties

Tribal Elders Benefit Specialist
Menominee Aging Division
P.O. Box 910
Keshena, WI  54135
Phone:  (715) 799-5688
Fax:  (715) 799-5278
Benefits Specialist
Menominee Nation Health Facility
Clinic Circle Drive
P.O. Box 970
Keshena, WI  54135
Phone:  (715) 799-5766
Fax:  (715) 799-3099

Oneida Nation - Health Services Area:  Brown and Outagamie Counties

Tribal Elders Benefit Specialist
Elderly Services Complex
2907 South Overland
P.O. Box 365
Oneida, WI  54155
Phone:  (920) 869-2448
Fax:  (920) 869-1824
Assistant Director
Elderly Services Complex
2907 South Overland
P.O. Box 365
Oneida, WI  54155
Phone:  (920) 869-2448
Fax:  (920) 869-1824
Medical Benefits Coordinator
Oneida Nation Health Facility
525 Airport Road, Hwy 172
P.O. Box 365
Oneida, WI  54155
Phone:  (920) 869-4860
Fax:  (920) 869-1780

Red Cliff Tribe - Health Services Area:  Bayfield County

Aging & Disability Resource Specialist
Red Cliff ADRC
88385 Pike Road
Bayfield, WI  54814
Phone:  (715) 779-3490
Fax:  (715) 779-3790
Medical Benefits Specialist
Red Cliff Health Facility
36745 Aiken Road
Bayfield, WI  54814
Phone:  (715) 779-3707
Fax:  (715) 779-3777

Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe - Health Services Area:  Forest County

MA Outreach Specialist
Sokaogon Chippewa Health Facility
3144 Van Zile Road
Crandon, WI  54520
Phone:  (715) 478-5180
Fax:  (715) 478-5904

St. Croix Tribe - Health Services Area:  Baron, Burnett, Polk, Washburn, and Pine, MN, Counties

Medical Benefits Specialist
St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic
4404 State Road 70
Webster, WI  54893
Phone:  (715) 349-8554

Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe - Health Services Area:  Shawano and Menominee Counties

Elderly Benefits Specialist
Stockbridge-Munsee Elderly Center
N8651 Maplewood Street
Bowler, WI  54416
Phone:  (715) 793-4237
Fax:  (715) 793-4238
Medical Benefits Specialist
Stockbridge-Munsee Health & Wellness Center
W12802 Cty Hwy A
P.O. Box 86
Bowler, WI  54416
Phone:  (715) 793-5005
Fax:  (715) 793-1320

Veteran Affairs

Tribal Services Coordinator
State of Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs
400 Fourth Ave, South, P.O. Box 146
Park Falls, WI 54552
Phone:  (715) 762-5667
Fax: (715) 762-5901

Vocational Rehabilitation and Disability Resources

VRNA Counselor
Fire Hall Building
P.O. Box 156
Odanah, WI  54861
(715) 682-9136
(715) 685-7840
Job Development Specialist
2932 Hwy 47 N
P.O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (800) 472-7207
Fax:  (715) 588-7884
Wisconsin Job Center - Ashland
411 Ellis Avenue
Ashland, WI  54806
Phone:  (715) 682-7220
Fax:  (715) 682-7228
Wisconsin Job Center - Superior
1805 N. 14th Street
Superior, WI  54880
Phone:  (715) 392-7800
Fax:  (715) 392-7891

Wisconsin Urban - Health Services Area:  Milwaukee County

Benefits Referral Specialist
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
1711 South 11th Street
Milwaukee, WI  53204
Phone:  (414) 383-9526
Fax:  (414) 649-2711

Links for Tribal Benefit Specialists

Administration on Aging Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Aging Programs & Resources (WI) Power of Attorney for Finance and Property
Apply for Part D Extra Help Power of Attorney for Health Care
Apply Online for Social Security Benefits Public Benefits at a Glance
Authorization for Final Disposition Senior Law Home Page
BadgerCare+ Eligibility Handbook Social Security Administration
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
Code of Federal Regulations
Tribal Benefits Specialists
Disability Benefits Specialists
United States Code
Disability Benefits Specialists with the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Veterans Administration
Elder Benefits Specialist Program
Wisconsin Access Online Application
Find an Elder Benefits Specialist
Wisconsin Aging and Disability Resource Center
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Medicaid Eligibility Handbook
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
Wisconsin Medicaid
Medicare Part D Planfinder
Wisconsin Medicare Savings Program
Nutrition Assistance Programs - USDA
Work Incentives Benefits Specialists