Benefits Access Counseling
Nearly 50% of seniors
who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are not enrolling and using the program.
All over the state tens of thousands of seniors, 60 and older, are shopping at the grocery store with the help of a Michigan Bridge Card. Single seniors receive between $16 and $192 a month in benefits to buy food. Many of them thought that they had too much money to qualify.
They thought someone else needed help more than they did. They didn’t want to go or couldn’t get to a government office far from their homes to apply. They heard from friends that the application is complicated with too much paperwork. Or they were ashamed that people would look at them differently if they ask for help from the government.
If this describes how you think about asking for help, please read on.
Your years of paying taxes have helped children and families put food on their tables when they were out of work or struggling with an illness. In other words, you’ve paid your dues.
But what about the paperwork and the hassles of applying at a government office? What would you say, if I told you it’s as simple as calling us to apply online? You don’t even need a computer or an Internet connection. We will take care of submitting your application to the state after a short interview with a friendly benefits counselor.
Each year thousands of seniors call us asking for help which costs you nothing but a few minutes of your time. And we don’t stop there. We have a dedicated employee from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on staff who will help you navigate the bureaucracy and follow up with you if you have questions about your application.
But I’m not eligible, you might be thinking. Don’t prejudge yourself. Let us screen you for eligibility. It only takes two to three minutes to answer eight questions to see if you might qualify for a Michigan Bridge Card.
MiCAFE participates in online advertising of its services as a way to educate older adults and their families about the SNAP benefit and other key benefits. This is currently being done through ads on Facebook. Funding for those ads come from our own funds and from grant funds designated for outreach and education efforts.
Even if you might not qualify for a Bridge Card,
You may be eligible for help paying for Medicare and your Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit. What do you have to lose by calling 877-664-2233? We can be reached Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
A little time out of your day might pay off with extra funds each week to buy your medicine, pay the utility bill, or just buy enough food so you don’t have to skip meals next month.
MiCAFE participates in online advertising of its services as a way to educate older adults and their families about the SNAP benefit and other key benefits. This is currently being done through ads on Facebook. Funding for those ads come from our own funds and from grant funds designated for outreach and education efforts.”
What We Do
Access to food and proper nutrition are two issues of vital importance to Michigan seniors. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is designed to provide seniors with assistance in purchasing food from local grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers markets to ensure that they have access to a healthy diet using the Michigan Bridge Card. The MiCAFE Network assists seniors in applying for SNAP benefits as well as assisting in annual recertification for existing SNAP recipients.
Medical and Insurance
Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs address unique needs for seniors when it comes to their medical issues and insurance coverage. Programs like the Medicare Savings Program, Medicare Extra Help Part D, and Medicaid ensure that low-income seniors can afford their medical care and prescription drugs. The MiCAFE Network assists seniors in applying for these important benefits.
Utility Assistance and Tax Credits
Housing related costs represent the largest cost of living for most seniors. There are many programs that can help seniors save money including the Homestead Property Tax Credit, Home Heating Credit, and State Emergency Relief (SER)program, which helps with many emergency needs such as heat and utilities and home repairs. The MiCAFE Network assists seniors to apply for, or connect with, these important resources and other community programs.