No fallout? Ask this family

Marilyn is an 81-year-old from the Detroit metro area. She grew up in the Depression and is quick with such aphorisms as: “You learn to watch your pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.”

She’s a self-described shut-in living on Social Security – and splitting that check with a granddaughter recently cut from cash assistance known as the Family Independence Program.

Marilyn, who doesn’t want her full name used because she lives alone and fears for her safety, called the League office last week, upset by comments made by Department of Human Services Director Maura Corrigan.  Corrigan said at a hearing that there had been no fallout from cutting 15,000 families from cash assistance and thousands more from food assistance. But Marilyn says the cuts are causing desperation in her family. (more…)

GOP candidates say they care for poor but would cut safety net

Deficit cutting plans by Santorum and Romney would reduce federal responsibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other benefits used by the neediest Americans. Feb. 24, 2012 — Los Angeles Times

Report Shows Millions in MI Lost Insurance Over The Last Decade

Michigan ranks second only to California in the number of residents younger than 65 who lost their employer provided health insurance over the past ten years. Between 2000 and 2010, more than one point two million Michiganders lost that coverage, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Judy Putnam, with the Michigan League for Human Services says that the numbers are a wake up call. Feb. 24, 2012 — WSJM AM 1400 & FM 94.9

Kids in Poverty

Three hundred and forty-one thousand. That’s the number of children in our state living in what is officially known these days as “areas of concentrated poverty.” Our ancestors would have called where they lived “the worst slums.” Feb. 23, 2012 — Michigan Radio

Another View: Saginaw County’s future begins with the kids

Recent Kids Count findings include some rays of hope. When we collectively put our minds to a task, we can make a difference. Feb. 26, 2012 — MLive.com

Michigan has had the second-largest drop in employer-sponsored health insurance, report finds

It has been common to hear working people complain over the last several years about having to pay more for the health benefits they receive. And about losing health benefits altogether. Feb. 24, 2012 — MLive.com

Why is Michigan slipping away from the GOP? It’s not just the auto bailout bashing

Former President George W. Bush was rarely lauded as a spellbinding speaker, but he used to make a compelling case for America becoming a true “opportunity society.” Feb. 23, 2012 — MLive.com

1.25 million lose employer-sponsored health care

In Michigan, there were 1.25 million fewer people with employer-sponsored health care in 2010 than there were at the start of the decade. That’s a startling loss — it represents one out of every eight people in our state and about the equivalent of everyone in Oakland County.

The new report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that employer-sponsored health insurance in Michigan declined dramatically between 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. Only California had bigger losses with 1.5 million losing coverage. (more…)

Employer-sponsored health insurance drops

Contact: Judy Putnam at (517) 487-5436
Feb. 24, 2012

1.25 million in Michigan lose employer-sponsored insurance
State has second-largest drop in country over decade, report finds

Employer-sponsored health insurance in Michigan declined dramatically between 2000-2001 and 2009-2010, with 1.25 million people losing those benefits, a new report by the Economic Policy Institute concludes.

Only California had bigger losses with 1.5 million losing coverage. (more…)

Report: More Michigan Kids Growing Up in Poor Neighborhoods

Michigan fares poorly compared with the rest of the nation when it comes to the number of children growing up in the poorest neighborhoods, according to a report released today. Feb. 23, 2012 — Public News Service

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