Protecting Finances in your Golden Years

Via Cheboygan Daily Tribune By Scott Brand With swindlers, con artists and unscrupulous family members stealing billions of dollars annually from older Americans, Empowerment Specialist Stephanie Woods of Elder Law of Michigan has partnered with local agencies to help protect senior in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. “He’s a national expert in financial capacity assessment and financial exploitation of older adults,” said Woods in introducing Dr. … Continue reading Protecting Finances in your Golden Years

Social Security Can Help You Get Back to Work

By Vonda VanTil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Having a job means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their work. Others may enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits … Continue reading Social Security Can Help You Get Back to Work

(Mid-America Pension Rights Project): ERISA at 45: Where do we go from here?

Via BenefitsPro By Alan Vorchheimer September 2019 marks the 45th anniversary of President Gerald Ford signing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, commonly called ERISA. Of course, the issue of retirement income security is as relevant as ever, particularly given questions about the long-term sustainability of current Social Security benefit levels. We can use this occasion to review the issues that the legislation was intended to address, … Continue reading (Mid-America Pension Rights Project): ERISA at 45: Where do we go from here?

National Good Neighbor Day: September 28, 2019

By Jennifer Blanck, MiCAFE Network Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Have you ever heard of National Good Neighbor Day? I hadn’t until recently, when I stumbled upon it by accident while searching for resources on the internet. I thought this was a cool idea that I needed to share with others. First, let me share a little background. According to an article on Awareness … Continue reading National Good Neighbor Day: September 28, 2019

Preparing for Power Outages

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Michigan is known for its erratic weather and harsh winters. Even though it may be difficult to predict when a snowstorm will arrive, being prepared is something anyone can do. Being prepared before, during, and after a winter storm can alleviate stress and help keep you and your loved ones safe. The Michigan State Police have … Continue reading Preparing for Power Outages

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 a cruise to the Bahamas, but we’ll try to make … Continue reading Essential Information About Medicare Open Enrollment

288,000 Michigan Residents to Receive Additional Home Heating Credit

via wbkb11.com 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 dollars received by Michigan. The additional payment will be generated … Continue reading 288,000 Michigan Residents to Receive Additional Home Heating Credit

Elder Law of Michigan/Call to Justice Awards – in the News!

via The Daily Reporter By Don Reid LANSING — Laura Sutter, Director of the Area Agency on Aging for St. Joseph and Branch Counties was one of four in the state given the 2019 Joe D. Sutton Call to Justice Award winners. Honored by Elder Law of Michigan for promoting and preserving the dignity, independence and rights of older adults also were Mary Ablan, Benita … Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan/Call to Justice Awards – in the News!

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 know that changes are coming. If a person enrolled in … Continue reading Healthy Michigan Plan: New Work Requirements

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 adults and those with disabilities who are struggling to renew … Continue reading MiCAFE Success Story: Ms. H