MARQUETTE?- The Medical Care Access Coalition announced that it has received a $4,800 Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) Michigan Benefits Access (MBA) Capacity Building Mini-Grant.
MCAC has helped uninsured, low-income members of the community obtain access to donated health care since 2001.
MCAC serves Marquette, Alger and Schoolcraft counties while other counties in the region are assisted by other Local Access Coalitions. All of the coalitions work in conjunction to cover the entire Upper Peninsula.
Even though these agencies focus on health care, it is common that clients may need help in other areas of their lives. The funds granted from the MBA Mini-Grant will allow MCAC and the other local coalitions to provide one-on-one bundled benefit access services to clients.
Funding will assist the regional coalitions in purchasing computers and equipment in order to make points of access available for clients' convenience. This will enable clients to receive bundled benefit access services in addition to the services provided by MCAC and the Local Access Coalitions.
Organization staff members are trained as MI Bridges Navigation Partners to ensure their understanding of the application process and assist clients with the MI Bridges system. Offering bundled benefit access to clients ensures that clients have fewer obstacles to overcome in accessing benefits. Less time applying for benefits means less time missed from work and less opportunity missed due to lack of transportation or access to child care. It also increases an organization's ability to make an impact within their community.