On January 28, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order to create a special enrollment period so Americans may obtain coverage
through the ACA Marketplace.
Community Health Centers: can provide health care services to uninsured Michiganders in need of care.
ACCESS Community Health & Research Center – (313) 216-2200
Medicaid: Families and individuals can apply for health care coverage through the Michigan Medicaid Program
Unemployed Michiganders may apply for unemployment insurance the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Eligibility requirements for unemployment have been expanded by Congress—those that may not have previously qualified should review the updated eligibility requirements.
Congress passed an extension of enhanced Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to March 14, 2021 and allows individuals receiving benefits as of March 14, 2021, to continue receiving their benefits through April 5, 2021, as long as they have not reached the maximum number of weeks.
Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) is working on a phased approach to implement the recent Congressional action to extend federal unemployment benefit programs. Claimants who had benefit weeks remaining on their claim as of December 26, 2020, can now begin certifying their claims through their MiWAM account. Claimants who did not exhaust their original 13 weeks of PEUC or their original 39 weeks of PUA will be able to claim the balance of remaining weeks beginning with the week ending Jan. 2, 2021. Payments will include the additional $300 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit.
UIA is still in the process of programming new system changes necessary to begin additional payments under the Continuing Assistance Act (CAA) for PEUC and PUA claimants who have exhausted their benefit allowance on or before Dec. 26, 2020. Please continue to check the UIA website. There is no need to contact the UIA customer service number regarding these changes.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) extended employer tax credits, originally passed in the CARES Act, for paid sick and family leave voluntarily provided to employees until March 31, 2021. Employers are no longer required to provide leave after December 31, 2020.
The CAA provided $600 survival checks per taxpayer ($1,200 married filing jointly) and $600 per qualifying child.
The IRS has compiled a list of FAQs for reference. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, please call the IRS helpline at 800-919-9835.
Temporary food assistance for eligible low-income families and individuals is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Michiganders can use MI Bridge to apply for assistance, check your eligibility, and manage your account online.
College students in Michigan are eligible for SNAP if they meet income and other program requirements and are enrolled at least half-time in an occupational program that leads to employment under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the Twenty-First Century Act.
Students will need to provide documentation from their school that outline their major and program or course of study to assist in determining their eligibility.
Students can apply for assistance using MI Bridge.
The Ann Arbor-based organization can provide Michiganders in need with hot meals or emergency groceries. Please visit their website for more information, or call (734) 761-2796.
More information on food assistance programs can be found by visiting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.