"There’s nothing conservative about a government that prevents a woman from making her own health care decisions."
Barack Obama, 8/8/12
58% of the jobs created in 2012 have been filled by Americans over 55 who have more work experience than younger Americans.
While this is good news for our parents and grandparents, we need young Americans to develop workforce experience so that when older Americans retire, we can comfortably fill their positions.
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Children’s healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences when they are young. There are several child care options available to families:
SNAP is the short name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The SNAP program has the twin goals of improving health by combating hunger and increasing nutrition knowledge for better food choices.
SNAP eligibility guidelines have been expanded. The income thresholds have been increased and now more people will qualify for benefits.
The guidelines concerning what you can own have changed too. You can own your home, a plot of land, and a vehicle and still qualify. And most retirement pensions are not counted when determining eligibility.
Some states have guidelines that allow assets above the federal minimum guidelines. You can use the SNAP Pre-screening tool to determine if you may be eligible.
The amount of SNAP benefits you receive will be determined by your state’s local administering organization, such as the Department of Social Services. Your specific information, such as the number of people in your family, your income, and other factors will be used to determine benefit amount.
You might be surprised to see how much difference even a minimal benefit amount can make in your family’s ability to eat healthy. The MoreFood.org website’s “Sweet $16” offers a variety of fun and smart ways to maximize SNAP benefits. And remember, each menu or recipe represents one month only and SNAP benefits are received each month!
While the average benefit amount will vary from state to state, SNAP benefits can make a real difference in your efforts to have a healthy diet for you and your family. But the main reason that people should apply is because SNAP can be an important resource in helping you and your family to have enough food to eat. SNAP benefits:
To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP or Department of Social Services office. Or you can use USDA’s national map to find the SNAP office for your county.
For some states you can apply online. Don’t worry if you aren’t able to go to the SNAP office. You may be able to download an application from your state agency’s website to mail in or you may be able to call your agency to request that an application be mailed to you. In some states, you can request to have a telephone interview with the SNAP representative.
Ask your local SNAP office about their standard processing time. In some states your SNAP application will be processed within 30 days; or, if it’s an emergency, within 7 days. Your local SNAP office can give you the most current information about regular and emergency application processing times.
The Affordable Care Act extends healthcare coverage to 6.6 million young Americans, but unemployment rates leave 35% of these Americans struggling to pay their medical costs.
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The Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate in Obamacare, paving the way for full implementation of the law in the states and ensuring that millions of uninsured Americans haves access to affordable coverage.