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6 Simple Steps to be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

by Lyndsy Gamet, MiCAFE Outreach and Training Coordinator Wise Healthcare Consumer month is here, sponsored by The American Institute for Preventative Medicine. It aims to bring attention to being a good healthcare consumer. Are you taking the steps necessary to ensure your healthcare is working properly for you? Speak up. Self advocacy is crucial to getting the most from your healthcare. If you do not like … Continue reading 6 Simple Steps to be a Wise Healthcare Consumer

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Low Vision Awareness Month

by Nicholas Goodman, Intake Clerk When discussing vision loss, it is important to know that a person can have low vision but not be completely blind. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, low vision isn’t fully correctable with surgery, medications, contact lenses, or glasses. February is Low Vision Awareness month and there are many resources and great technology available for people with low … Continue reading Low Vision Awareness Month

West Chester Widow to Testify on Pension Cuts

via Cincinnati.com, by Fatima Hussein, cincinnati.com, February 26, 2016, Rita Lewis lost her husband on New Year’s Day. Now she may be about to lose much of his retirement money. The West Chester widow is headed to Washington D.C., next month, to speak about the ongoing pension crisis involving the Central States Pension Fund affecting hundreds of thousands of retired Teamsters nationwide. Lewis will testify at a hearing of the Senate … Continue reading West Chester Widow to Testify on Pension Cuts

Carpenters’ Union Alleges C.F. Bordo Failed to Pay Labor Fees

via Penn Record, by Annie Hunt, pennrecord.com, February 24, 2016, A Pittsburgh carpenter’s union is suing a Dunmore construction company, alleging failure to pay labor fees. Carpenters Combined Funds Inc., by administrator James R. Klein, filed a lawsuit Feb. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against C.F. Bordo Inc., James Bordo, Ceaser F. Bordo and Leslie Bordo, alleging violations of … Continue reading Carpenters’ Union Alleges C.F. Bordo Failed to Pay Labor Fees

Daryl Thompson

Staff Spotlight – Daryl Thompson

by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project This month I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to write about one of our attorneys, Daryl Thompson. Daryl joined the Elder Law of Michigan, Inc. (ELM) team in January of 2015. Daryl is an alumnus of Michigan State University Law School and graduated magna cum laude. Daryl works within two programs at ELM, … Continue reading Staff Spotlight – Daryl Thompson

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4 Important Medicare Tips

by Pat Ocheltree, MiCAFE Application Assistant There is a lot of confusion about Medicare, what it covers, how individuals get coverage, etc. Generally, if you receive Social Security benefits, you will automatically become eligible to enroll in Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Medicare Part B (medical) during the 3 months before, the month of, and the 3 months following your 65th birthday. Medicare A is fully paid for unless you … Continue reading 4 Important Medicare Tips

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Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision

by Jessica Sanchez, J.D., Housing Services Manager, Housing Rights Center of Michigan Even after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against the Texas Department of Housing in the summer of 2015, some Texas state leaders are still opposing low income housing in their communities. Background In Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs vs. The Inclusive Communities Project, the Inclusive Communities Project, a group that advocates for … Continue reading Update on The Supreme Court’s Watershed Fair Housing Decision