Author: Nicholas Goodman

Asset Limit Change Postponed

On October 17th, MDHHS announced a policy change regarding asset limits for certain benefits. Initially, the asset limit increase was slated to begin November 1, 2019. The change has been postponed to become effective December 1, 2019 to allow for compliance with State law. Via The Detroit News By Craig Mauger Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration […]

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MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan  Michigan’s Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly (MiCAFE) is a program of Elder Law of Michigan that helps potentially eligible older adults and individuals with disabilities access and apply for public benefits through the Department of Health and Human Services. MiCAFE also helps older […]

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288,000 Michigan Residents to Receive Additional Home Heating Credit

via By Stephanie Douglas LANSING, Mich. – Approximately 288,000 Michigan households who received Home Heating Credits in 2018 will get an additional one-time payment of $22 this month to help keep their homes warm. The payments are the result of a $6.5 million supplemental remaining in 2018 federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant […]

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Healthy Michigan Plan: New Work Requirements

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist at Elder Law of Michigan Healthy Michigan Plan (HMP) is a type of Medicaid, with cost-sharing, for individuals age 19-64. MDHHS has released information regarding work requirements for HMP eligibility, effective January 1, 2020. While this will not affect most older adults we serve, it is still important to […]

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Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment

By Sheila Robison, MiCAFE Network Screening Integration Coordinator, at Elder Law of Michigan It’s that time of year again! The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period begins October 15th and ends December 7th. During this time, you can review your Medicare benefits and make changes to your Medicare plan penalty free! Ok, you won’t be winning […]

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MDHHS Releases User Friendly Application Assistance Forms

By Bob Wheaton, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services January 30, 2018 Michigan has debuted a more user friendly application for public assistance that is more comprehensive and less than half the size of the previous form. The streamlined application for food assistance, Medicaid and other benefits now has 18 pages – down from […]

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Free Online Course to Help Health Care Providers Address Senior Hunger

Via February 5, 2018 The Food Research & Action Center and AARP Foundation today released a free, online course, “Screen & Intervene: Addressing Food Insecurity Among Older Adults,” to educate health care and community-based providers around the country about the extent of senior hunger and the solutions that exist to solve it. Read the […]

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Understanding the Government Pension Offset

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Getting ready for retirement requires evaluation of all your sources of retirement income. Even if you worked for the government and didn’t pay the FICA tax on your earnings, you may be eligible for benefits from your spouse’s work under Social Security. However, when you receive both […]

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MiCAFE Network Partner Profile: Region 2 Area Agency on Aging

By Sara Jackson, MiCAFE Network Specialist The MiCAFE Network is constantly growing and expanding across our great state, I am thrilled to use our blog posts to introduce different MiCAFE Partners Profile so that others in the network can learn more about the various partners who are the MiCAFE Network. I would like to introduce […]

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Home Heating Tax Credit

Home Heating Tax Credit

By Jadranko Tomic-Bobas, Managing Hotline Attorney One thing Michiganders love most about living in the beautiful state of Michigan is the ability to experience all four seasons in their full glory. Sometimes, we even get to experience them all in one day. However, the drawback to this is that the winters can be bitter, miserable and even […]

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September 2017 MiCAFE Network Trainings

The MiCAFE Network has these upcoming training opportunities: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Pontiac. Please contact Nick Goodman via email at or phone at 517-853-2382 to register or for more information. Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM in Flint. Please contact Nick Goodman via email at or […]

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Monthly MiCAFE Network Conference Call Recap

In case you missed it, this month’s MiCAFE Network conference call took place on August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Our guest speaker was Jill Johnson Groves, Program Administrator, at the Flint Fresh Mobile Market.  On August 31, 2017, DHHS published a press release announcing dates and locations for food distribution by the Mobile Market […]

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LIHEAP Notification Letter

The State of Michigan has sent a letter to SNAP recipients whose heat and utility expenses are rolled into their rent, and have not received the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) benefit elsewhere. A sample of the letter is provided below. There will be $20.01 deposited on clients’ Bridge Card, and the funds can […]

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Phone App Assisting with SNAP in NYC

Phone App Assisting with SNAP in NYC

  On July 24, 2017, Nikita Stewart, with the New York Times, wrote an article about a new phone app that is making life easier for caseworkers and SNAP recipients in New York City. The app allows clients to take pictures of verification documents and upload the documents to their case. Read the full article.

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Flint Families Can Get Nutritious Food at Mobile Pantry in August

Flint Families Can Get Nutritious Food at Mobile Pantry in August

via July 31, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2017 CONTACT: Erica Quealy, 517-241-2112 LANSING, Mich. – Flint families may get nutritious food that can limit the effects of lead exposure during mobile food pantry hours set for August at locations throughout Flint. The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan in Flint and the Michigan Department of […]

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