Michigan's Health Insurance Marketplace Opens for Business
Starting October 1, for people regardless of income, the Marketplace will be a place to get information and do comparison shopping for individual insurance. It's all part of the Affordable Care Act which was signed into law in March of 2010.
Click here for more information on the Marketplace.
Click here for more information on Medicaid and the ACA.
How Much Do We Pay for SNAP?
How much would you be willing to spend to help a friend or neighbor who is hungry? A dollar a week? A dollar a day? As Congress debates what to do with the Farm Bill and some lawmakers complain about the government spending too much money on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), we thought we bring out some statistics and show you what you’re really spending on food for the poor.
Last summer, CBS.com and the Examiner came up with some figures from the White House’s official website. They found that the food stamp program only costs an average of ten cents a day. That’s being calculated for a married person with one child who makes $50,000 a year.
The money comes from our taxes and is taken out of the “Job and Family Security” category. That category costs $190.05. Of that amount only $36.82 a year goes toward food and nutrition assistance. The food and nutrition assistance program doesn’t just include SNAP, but the school lunch program and the special supplemental food program for women, infants and children as well.
Center for Civil Justice Honored
The Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) is honored to be on a list of organizations that help those in need. MSWOnlinePrograms.org chose CCJ to be listed on their website as an organization that is "doing good work." The organization described the list as "a resource for social workers, or social work students, who want to make alleviating poverty and hunger a central mission in their social work careers." CCJ is listed under Policy & The Law.
MSWOnlinePrograms.org gathers information on schools and online programs in Social Work and other related fields on its website. "Alleviating poverty is one of the core missions of social work profession, and one of the major difficulties that often goes along with poverty is hunger," according to MSWOnlinePrograms.org - so it constructed a list of organizations to help families and individuals in need.
The Center for Civil Justice helps vulnerable people – including children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly – access the critical programs and services they need to find safety and stability in times of crisis. These programs meet the most basic needs for food, shelter, utilities, and healthcare, as well as work.
The Center for Civil Justice monitors and improves Michigan’s safety net programs so they work for the people they are supposed to help. The Center for Civil Justice has a long and accomplished history of watching out for and solving problems with Michigan’s safety net and we take pride in the quality services we offer to people who have nowhere else to turn.