Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST)

Definition - What does Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) mean?

The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) is a computer application process provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) that asks simple questions of a user and, based on the answers to those questions, determines if the user is eligible for Medicare, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Social Security Retirement, Special Veterans, Social Security Survivors, or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

Justipedia explains Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST)

In order to help an individual learn if they qualify for any of the benefits provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the SSA designed BEST. BEST asks an individual simple questions and analyzes the answers to determine if that individual qualifies for any of the benefits provided by the SSA. To take the test, one can visit the website and click on the option for BEST. The program does not ask for an individual's personal information, such as their name or social security number, and all the answers the individual provides are erased once he or she leaves BEST.

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