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An individual's right to receive a value or benefit provided by law.

Commonly recognized entitlements are benefits, such as those provided by Social Security or Workers' Compensation.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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If you listen to CNN or Bloomberg News, you realize all veterans should beware of government entitlement commissions.
You've seen it often: Elected officials stand in front of a battery of microphones talking about how they intend to pare excess costs from government entitlement programs by eliminating "waste, fraud and abuse." While they often make exaggerated claims about what can be accomplished in that regard (and seldom is there a lot of specificity), it is also frequently true that savings can be found--if you know where to look.
Should one spouse require nursing home care and the other spouse does not have the financial means to pay for this level of care and there are no long-term care insurance benefits available, government entitlement programs may be necessary so that the nondisabled spouse is not left financially devastated.
Special Needs Trusts/Supplemental Needs Trusts are intended to supplement rather than supplant government entitlement program benefits.
It is modeled after the The Permanent Republican Committee of Sore Losers to Impeach Clinton that believed the Presidency is a government entitlement program for Republicans and are still really steamed by the impertinent election of Bill Clinton.
As with the Permanent Republican Committee of Sore Losers to Impeach Clinton, who believe the presidency is their own government entitlement program and are still steamed by the impertinent election of Bill Clinton, the aim of PSCTIB[TM] is simple: dogged, nagging contrarianism.
If you have MS, it pays to know the basics about health insurance and about government entitlement programs so you can successfully protect your own interests.
The seduction of considering Medicare funds as just another big government entitlement trough at which to feed unnoticed is not too hard to accept.
This would allow them to become eligible for Medicaid--the government entitlement program that provides health care funds to financially strapped people.
During the nine months she received a monthly payment from Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), the government entitlement check that most people associate with welfare, she was able to count out $268.
Whatever happens, neither lawmakers nor the Administration will be able to duck solvency issues confronting Government entitlement programs much longer.
Their effects on students are not always easy to measure, but they can mean the difference between productive independence and an isolated, lonely existence living on government entitlement payments.

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