Many seniors don't have enough income if thy rely solely on social security. In some cases, they go without in order to make ends meet.

There are programs in West Michigan that are meant to help older individuals help bridge the gap between social security and living expenses.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a food assistance benefit program. The Medicare Savings Program helps cover the cost of Medicare Part B, and the Low-Income Subsidy covers all or part of the premiums and drug co-pays for Medicare Part D, which are prescription costs.

There are also programs like MiCAFE, and the Benefit Enrollment Center, to help seniors get the information they need in order to get the help they can.

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