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, ext. 1440
Fax:  (715) 682-7883
 
Karri Bigboy, 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


 
Julie Kaye, Tribal Benefit Specialist
Forest County Potawatomi Elderly Department
5415 Everybody's Rd, P.O. Box 340
Crandon, WI 54520
(715) 478-7203
 
Penny Christianson
ADRS
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
 
Ann Cleereman, Disability Benefit Specialist
Rachel Coughtry, 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
acleereman@glitc.org - (715) 588-1022
rcoughtry@glitc.org - (715) 588-1078
 
Wendell Holt, Program Coordinator OR
Wendy Rozhon
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
wholt@glitc.org
 
 

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


Susan Walczak, Elder Benefits Specialist
Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Aging Unit
E8863 Winnishiek Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI  53965
Phone:  (608) 253-2185
BRF:  (715) 284-0811
 
Courage King Swan, Elder Benefit Specialist
Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Aging Unit
P.O. Box 430
Black River Falls, WI  54615
Phone:  (715) 284-0811
 
Joyce Rockman, Health Benefits Specialist
Ho-Chunk Health Care Center
N6520 Lumberjack Guy Road
Black River Falls, WI  54615
Phone:  (715) 284-9851, ext. 5065
Fax:  (715) 284-5150
 
Cynthia Tack (ext. 5525)
Estelle Greendeer (ext. 5546)
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


Carol Hamblin, LCO Aging & Disability Resource Specialist
13878W N. Agency
Stone Lake, WI  54876
Phone:  (715) 957-0076
 
Terrance Manuelito, Elderly & Disability Resource Coordinator
13878W N. Agency
Stone Lake, WI  54876
Phone:  (715) 957-0077
 
Nikki Martin, 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


Aaron Wolfe, Benefits Specialists
Peter Christensen, Sr., Health Center
450 Old Able Road
P.O. Box 67
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (715) 588-3371, ext. 4297
Fax:  (715) 588-7884
 

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


Lynnette Maskewit, Tribal Elders Benefit Specialist
Menominee Aging Division
P.O. Box 910
Keshena, WI  54135
Phone:  (715) 799-5688
Fax:  (715) 799-5278
 
Carla White, 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


Linda Dallas, 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
 
Tina Pospychala, Assistant Director
Elderly Services Complex
2907 South Overland
P.O. Box 365
Oneida, WI  54155
Phone:  (920) 869-2448
Fax:  (920) 869-1824
tpospych@oneidanation.org
 
Carla Lopez, 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
 
Margaret Valencia, Medical Benefits Coordinator
Phone:  (920) 869-4908
 
Amy Cooper, Medical Benefits Coordinator
Phone:  (920) 869-4872
 

Red Cliff Tribe - Health Services Area:  Bayfield County


Crystal Newago, Aging & Disability Resource Specialist
Red Cliff ADRC
88385 Pike Road
Bayfield, WI  54814
Phone:  (715) 779-3490
Fax:  (715) 779-3790
 
Renee Albert, Medical Benefits Specialist
Red Cliff Health Facility
36745 Aiken Road
Bayfield, WI  54814
Phone:  (715) 779-3707, ext. 2238
Fax:  (715) 779-3777
 

Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe - Health Services Area:  Forest County


Sandy Campbell, MA Outreach Specialist
Sokaogon Chippewa Health Facility
3144 Van Zile Road
Crandon, WI  54520
Phone:  (715) 478-5180, ext. 7646
Fax:  (715) 478-5904
Sandy.campbell@scc-nsn.gov
 

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


Sheli Fornengo, Medical Benefits Specialist
St. Croix Tribal Health Clinic
4404 State Road 70
Webster, WI  54893
Phone:  (715) 349-8554, ext. 5256
 

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


Bill Terrio, Elderly Benefits Specialist
Stockbridge-Munsee Elderly Center
N8651 Maplewood Street
Bowler, WI  54416
Phone:  (715) 793-4237
Fax:  (715) 793-4238
 
Michaela "Kelly" Brown, 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


Maria Nevala, VRNA Counselor
Fire Hall Building
P.O. Box 156
Odanah, WI  54861
(715) 682-9136
(715) 685-7840, ext. 1572
 
Gena Lambert, Job Development Specialist
2932 Hwy 47 N
P.O. Box 9
Lac du Flambeau, WI  54538
Phone:  (800) 472-7207, ext. 163
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


Lana Schocko, Benefits Referral Specialist
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
1711 South 11th Street
Milwaukee, WI  53204
Phone:  (414) 383-9526, ext. 103
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
WebMD
ElderWeb
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
Marketplace
Wisconsin Department of Revenue
Medicaid Eligibility Handbook
Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program
Medicare
Wisconsin Medicaid
Medicare Part D Planfinder
Wisconsin Medicare Savings Program
Nutrition Assistance Programs - USDA
Work Incentives Benefits Specialists