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The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) is a cooperative effort of Legal Services of South Central Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. MPLP provides state support services to local legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates. Our office is located at 220 E. Huron Street, Suite 600a, Ann Arbor, 48104

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Recent Issue Alerts

May 13, 2014

Beginning May 1, 2014, DHS will not automatically use the standard heat and utility allowance when determining eligibility and payment amounts for FAP applicants and recipients; but FAP groups that were receiving the standard allowance on or before February 7, 2014 will be protected from the change for at least 5 months.

Feb 25, 2014 DHS has revised their policy for the administrative hearing process for appealing adverse DHS decisions
Feb 04, 2014 Individuals who transfer countable assets for less than fair market value while applying for or receiving FAP, or within 90 days prior to application, will be ineligible for FAP for 1 to 12 months, depending on the amount of the “divestment”
Feb 04, 2014 Individuals and families must now apply for Medicaid and MIChild on a separate application from other programs, which will also serve as an application for health insurance subsidies for people who are over the income limits for Medicaid and MIChild
Jan 17, 2014 Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued new policy on determining whether a person is a Michigan resident for purposes of Medicaid eligibility, which satisfies some -- but not all -- requirements of federal
Jan 15, 2014 The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has delayed the transition to a simplified application for Medicaid, MIChild and Marketplace insurance subsidies. DHS also has delayed the transition to use of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) in determining Medicaid eligibility -- two changes that were scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Jan 15, 2014 Changes have been made concerning front desk issuance and other issues surrounding Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards
Jan 15, 2014 DHS specialists have a responsibility to assist those who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in having an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from DHS programs and services through an interpreter
Jan 15, 2014 Changes have been made to the verification policy concerning the alien status subcategory, “refugee” and/or “victim of trafficking”
Jan 15, 2014 Salaries paid by an S Corporation (S-Corp) or a Limited Liability Company (LLC) are considered earned income to the client, even if the client owns the organization, for all programs above except MA; for MA only, DHS is now treats such income as unearned income, which is contrary to federal law
Jan 15, 2014 The definition of “agriculture/related employment” for “migrant/seasonal farmworkers” has been expanded to assist in classification for special rules for eligibility and benefit levels
Dec 09, 2013 Simplified Reporting (SR) policy is changing. The Department will act on any changes in the households circumstances regardless of whether or not the change(s) results in an increase or decrease in benefits.
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