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More than 300,000 Michigan residents to receive additional Home Heating Credit

Via Michigan.gov Newswire For additional information contact: Bob Wheaton, 517-241-2112 LANSING, Mich. – Approximately 309,000 Michigan taxpayers who received Home Heating Credits in 2016 will get an additional one-time credit of $44 or $22 this month to help keep their homes warm. The payments are the result of a $12 million supplemental to spend remaining […]

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Protecting Your Social Security

By Vonda VanTil, Public Affairs Specialist at Social Security Administration At Social Security, protecting your personal information is more important than ever. We continue to evaluate and improve our robust cyber-security program to safeguard your information. The thing is, we can’t do it alone. You can help us secure your information by taking one of […]

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DHHS October 1, 2017 SNAP Updates: Explained

Many of the individuals that we assist through the MiCAFE Network have already begun receiving letters from DHHS informing them of the October 1, 2017 changes. Let’s review the changes, so we have a better idea of how they affect different situations. The standard deduction, which everyone gets has risen. This is based on the […]

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Food Stamps Can Cut Seniors’ Health Costs, But Most Aren’t Using Them

Via Governing.com BY J.B. WOGAN | AUGUST 31, 2017 More than half (three out of five) of the seniors who qualify for food stamps don’t get them. They either don’t know they’re eligible, feel too embarrassed to sign up or face transportation barriers getting to the enrollment office, say anti-hunger advocates. Read the full article.

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Press Release – SNAP – Fiscal Year 2018 Adjustments

Valued MiCAFE Network Partners, Late July 2017, the Food and Nutrition Service issued the fiscal year 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. These adjustments are effective October 1, 2017 pursuant to the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. Michigan Department of Health and […]

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USDA SNAP Recipes

By Nicholas Goodman, MiCAFE Network Specialist There are many resources available to support SNAP recipients with accessing nutritious meals. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  has a website called What’s Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl in an effort to increase awareness and provide tools for healthy eating. On the “Recipes” tab, you can search and filter recipes that are compliant with various program guidelines. […]

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Coordinated Questionnaire – Medical Expenses Help

Coordinated Questionnaire – Medical Expenses Help

Medical Expenses Why are medical expenses important? The 60+ and disabled population get a special set of rules for SNAP, one of them is that they can submit medical expenses as a deduction. All expenses that are outstanding, reoccurring, or recently paid can be listed in this section. What documentation is required for a medical […]

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Coordinated Questionnaire – Shelter Expenses Help

Coordinated Questionnaire – Shelter Expenses Help

Can I include expenses if they are in someone else’s name? Expenses may not be considered if they are not in the name of one of the SNAP applicants. If an applicant is paying for something that is in a different person’s name, they can submit a signed document (signed by both the applicant as […]

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Coordinated Questionnaire – Food Assistance Help

Coordinated Questionnaire – Food Assistance Help

Food Assistance  (Who buys and eats together) Why does this matter? For the SNAP benefit, DHHS requires a few people to apply together no matter what. A husband and wife must apply together. A dependent ages 22 or under that lives in the household must apply with their parent or guardian. However, outside of these […]

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Coordinated Questionnaire – Household Information Help

Coordinated Questionnaire – Household Information Help

Household Information Who do I include in the Household? For the DHHS SNAP application, they want to know everyone who lives at the same address as you, even if they are not applying. They only require the name of the people who live there, no further information (unless they are applying for benefits, in which […]

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Coordinated Questionnaire – Personal Information Help

Coordinated Questionnaire – Personal Information Help

Personal Information  (If you do not speak English, how can we help) ? This question is posed by DHHS. They want to know how their offices can help. (Have you received help from Michigan in the past?) If the client has received any help that they can think of from the State of Michigan, it […]

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National American Diabetes Association Alert Day

by Michelle Jackson, MiCAFE Network Coordinator National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, this day is intended to be a 1-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Diabetes affects more than 29 million […]

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Bridge Card “Lost Benefit” Information

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Stakeholder and Network Partners Manager Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that it owes some Bridge Card recipients additional benefits that date back to 2014. They refer to the amount as a “lost benefit.” This was an error related to the Heat and Utility Standard Allowance changes. This Allowance […]

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Version 4.0 Released

Version 4.0 Released

Migrated to WordPress platform Integrated Coordinated Questionnaire New user account management platform implemented

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