Legal Aid Creates Hotline for Those on Public Benefits Receiving Water Settlement Checks

Updated 5 weeks ago Edited from a Press Release

Charleston, W.Va. – Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) has created a designated hotline for West Virginia residents on public benefits whose benefits may be reduced or eliminated because of the water settlement payments from the 2014 chemical spill at 1-877-331-4259.

Settlement checks were mailed out on Friday, September 14 to individuals who filed “simple residential claims” and should arrive in the next few days. Some individuals who received settlement payments also get public benefits from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) or who get SSI. Examples of benefits are SNAP (also called food stamps), WV WORKS (also called TANF), Medicaid, CHIP, and Supplemental Security Income (also called SSI).

Legal Aid of West Virginia has created information on how to avoid benefits penalties, which can be found at www.lawv.net/WaterSettlementBenefits. Those who have additional benefits questions or have problems reporting the payment should call 1-877-331-4259 to speak with LAWV staff.

 

About Legal Aid of West Virginia
Legal Aid of West Virginia (LAWV) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal services, long-term and elder care advocacy, and behavioral health advocacy. These areas of focus allow LAWV to reach West Virginia's most vulnerable people and provide meaningful solutions for thousands of individuals and families every year. LAWV’s offices are located in Wheeling, Morgantown, Clarksburg, Elkins, Martinsburg, Parkersburg, Huntington, Logan, Princeton, Beckley, Lewisburg, and Charleston, which is the state headquarter office. More about programs, eligibility, applying for services, and free legal resources can be found at lawv.net.

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