How Does a Medicaid Spend-down Work?

By Grace DeRose-Wilson, Screening and Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Health insurance is complicated, and Medicaid is no exception. I have helped many older adults apply for Medicaid, and I have talked with many individuals who have Medicaid with a Spend-down. As with most health insurance and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) benefits, there are many other regulations and exceptions that … Continue reading How Does a Medicaid Spend-down Work?

Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

By Betsy Smith, Network Shareholder and Partner Manager at Elder Law of Michigan Since 1978, across the state of Michigan, senior citizens over the age of 55 have been participating in the Michigan Association Foster Grandparent or Senior Companion Programs (MAFG/SCP). The MAFG/SCP has a goal to assist senior citizens in living an active, healthy life by volunteering and making a positive impact on their … Continue reading Michigan Association of Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs

Seniors Alone During the Holidays

By Pam Canty, Intake and Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan The holiday season is the time of year when people are busy shopping, going to dinner, partying, visiting relatives, and preparing meals. However, there is a population of people who are very much alone or lonely: seniors. Often seniors are alone not by choice but due to circumstances that are out of their control. … Continue reading Seniors Alone During the Holidays

Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

By Abigail Haller, Screening Integration Coordinator at Elder Law of Michigan Exercising the heart comes with many health benefits. One major benefit, according to Johns Hopkins research, includes the improvement of the heart muscle’s ability to pull oxygen from the blood. The ability to pull more oxygen from the blood allows the heart to stop pumping as hard and reduces stress on the heart muscles. Managing … Continue reading Fun and Affordable Fitness for Those with Limited Mobility

Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist If you’re changing your name, it’s important to let Social Security know so we can update the information we maintain, send you an updated Social Security card, and ultimately ensure we pay you accurate benefits when you retire or become disabled. To get a corrected Social Security card, you will need to provide documents proving your legal … Continue reading Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

By Vonda Van Til, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Starting on January 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons, Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced.   This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012.  “I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to … Continue reading Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

Top ten sites at Social Security for 2019

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist We provide our online services to improve our service to you. Here are our top 10 websites of 2019: Open your own personal my Social Security account, which will enable you to verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification letters, update your Social Security information if you receive benefits, and more at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. We’ve … Continue reading Top ten sites at Social Security for 2019

Social Security benefits increase in 2020

By Vonda Vantil, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit amount people will receive each month, starting the following January. Nearly … Continue reading Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, #GivingTuesdayELM

Now that you’ve given thanks and found great deals during the universally celebrated shopping days of #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday, it’s time to turn your attention to giving back. Tomorrow we celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving powered by social media. It’s one of the best ways to get involved in your community and your favorite charities. On Tuesday, December 3, 2019, donors, businesses, community … Continue reading Tuesday, December 3, 2019, #GivingTuesdayELM

Elder Law of Michigan -Thanksgiving Holiday Closing

Elder Law of Michigan’s offices are closing at 3:00 pm today, Wednesday, November 27, 2019 for our staff to spend time with their families and friends during the holiday season. The offices will be closed Thursday, November 28, 2019 – Friday, November 29, 2019. Happy Holidays! We will resume regular business hours on Monday, December 2, 2019. Continue reading Elder Law of Michigan -Thanksgiving Holiday Closing