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2016 Tax Guide is Available
The 2016 Income Tax Guide, prepared by Thomas F. Kendziorski, Attorney at Law & Executive Director of The Arc of Oakland County, is now available. It is an excellent resource for individuals or families who have disability-related earnings or expenses.
ABLE Accounts May be Available Sooner Than Expected
A tweak to federal law is poised to greatly expand choice and speed up availability of accounts allowing people with disabilities to save money without risking their government benefits.
Tucked inside a tax bill approved by lawmakers last month is a provision that will permit individuals with disabilities to open new accounts established under the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act in any state, regardless of where they reside.
The change means that people with disabilities across the country will be able to open ABLE accounts when the first state programs are up and running which could happen as soon as February or March, advocates say.
(Michigan Lt. Governor Calley Signed the ABLE Act into law on October 28, 2015.)
information for people who are covered by full Medicaid and full Medicare MI Health Link is a new program that will allow you to get health care and services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. MI Health Link lets you use one plan and one card for health care, behavioral health care, home and community-based services, nursing home care and medications.
Dual Eligible folks are automatically enrolled in MiHealth Link as of July 1st unless they call to opt out.more information here
Home Help Services
Home Help Services is a program administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS). It supports adults who wish to stay in their home but are in need of some assistance. This program provides funding to hire in-home service Providers who can assist with daily activities, allowing people to remain in their own homes.learn more now
IN OUR OWN VOICES
If you are a Self-Advocate, would you like to share your own story on the “In Our Own Voices” blog? You can blog about what you have been doing, what you’d like to be doing, what your plans are, or anything that is important to you. Are you an advocate? Tell us about things you have accomplished, or want to accomplish, for yourselves or for others!
You can blog about whatever you’d like! (You can even respond to Michelle's blog posting.) Send your blog entry to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included.
Michelle Ellswood, one of The Arc NW’s Board Members, is back with another blog entry. Check it out and see what has been happening in Michelle’s life.