Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Importance of Lifeline Program for the People

We all go through tough situations in life, some more severe than others. At the point to where you cannot take care of your family let alone yourself, government benefit programs are extremely helpful as long as they are used for good. More than fifty percent of all adults who have ever received benefits from at least one of the following entitlement programs: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, unemployment benefits or food stamps.

The leading Government Assistance Program out of the six is Unemployment benefits at twenty seven percent, Social Security next at twenty six percent, Medicare at twenty two percent, Food stamps at eighteen, Medicaid at eleven, and Welfare benefits at eight percent. The government benefit programs I believe do benefit others who need them greatly and without those programs we would have a lot more people out living off of the streets. If you could not pay for your food, you suddenly are unemployed because of a tragic occurrence and need money, you are an older person that is not working anymore, do not have money for food and your children’s food, you got severely hurt… in so many ways our country is helped out financially by our government.

I believe we do this for the greater good but we should not just throw our money out there if it is not being used for the better. Our government needs to take extra percussions to ensure that the people getting government benefits through whatever program they are in are using it to try to make their life better. Too many times does our money be used for drugs or they even make sure they do not get a job because what they are getting paid without a job to help them try to get their life back on track is a larger amount. Due to these circumstances, we should make the people receiving money take drug tests once a month to verify they are not using their money for drugs.

Second, if they are getting paid and are supposed to find a job so that they can get off of their program they are involved in, they should at least go to a job interview once a week so we know they are at least taking a step towards making their own lives better including their families. Making sure they are using the money for what they are supposed to and at trying to improve their lives should be mandatory. Our citizens should not have to pay money so that we can keep these programs up and running for those who need it. And if we find out that those not using the money for the right things should not be allowed back in the government benefit programs and that way we can use that money for those who truly deserve it and want a better life. Our government is trying their best to make those going through harsh times lives better as long as they deserve it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Food Stamps For Everyday Living

“I am sorry to inform you, but after the blood work we have come to conclude that you have stage 4 Lymphoma.” The doctor spoke to my grandma with gentleness and my grandma slowly rested her eyes on her health report and let the silence fill the room. The doctor spoke in a calming tone, “there is no need to worry Lymphoma is treatable and we can start chemotherapy as soon as possible.”

There it was my uninsured 70-year-old grandma was being told that she was being diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphoma. If untreated she would have only six weeks to live. There was something in her conscious that bothered her more than being diagnosed with cancer. It was the idea of how was she going to pay for chemotherapy and the hospital stays. She spent most of her life as a single mother of five children and immigrated to America in her 60’s and lived with her daughter onwards. She didn’t work in America because of old age and couldn’t qualify for many of the government aide programs and couldn’t become a citizen because she didn’t know English. My grandma had applied for Medicaid a long time ago, but because of slow processing nothing ever worked out. Living without the government benefits programs can be difficult if you are economically disadvantaged.

Benefit programs like Medicaid can sometimes save lives. Medicaid makes it possible for the people with financial difficulties to live healthier and longer lives. Healthcare, the right to good health, should be a right for all members of society despite economic status. Children’s health should not be compromised because of their parent’s income and insurance policies. Medicaid allows for children of low income families to have access to proper healthcare. The same concept can be applied to eating healthy.  The common fact is that healthy food is more expensive than junk food.  Food stamps are an important resource because it allows low-income families to improve their nutrition, health and wellbeing.  Which in turn helps lower medical costs for a nation as a whole.

A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. Food stamps effectiveness can be improved if there was regulation that only allowed recipients to buy healthy food. With the right distribution of funds the effectiveness of these programs can be improved. Most importantly making the application process quicker and accessible to all the different parts of the population will improve the benefit programs effectiveness.

If social workers reach out to the population that qualify for these benefit programs then the gap in the distribution of wealth can be decreased. Many qualifying people don’t understand the application process. Social workers can help bridge the gap. Benefit programs are important resources because they help make sure the poor don’t get poorer. The programs make sure a low-income student can still get a meal during school. The preamble of the United States mentions that in order to form a more perfect union we have to promote the common welfare. These benefit programs do just that.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Government Benefits

The government benefit program is an important resource for helping people with financial difficulties because it helps people that have nothing. I feel like it’s important because it help women and men who actually need help, but it also help me as I was growing up. Living in low income housing and having a single mother these benefits really helped my family coming up. Food stamps feed people who don’t have the money to pay for food, provides a single mother with comfort of knowing their child will eat and they want have to worry. Medicaid helps so you want have outrageous high medical bills and gives a child with a disability, sickness, or even good health the chance to not be left out from getting medical attention. If it wasn't for food stamps you will have children and more people starving, more people out stealing food to survive, and people dying because of starvation. And if it wasn't for Medicaid you will have more people that catch more illness’s, have millions of people that can’t afford their medication, more people caring and transmitting disease, or even children and people losing their lives to a sickness.

 I think the government is doing a good job on the new programs they have to help people in need, because when I was growing up we didn't have the food stamps phone that you can use in case of an emergency. Giving people that can’t afford a cell phone was a great idea not only for safety, but to keep in contact with people. As I was growing up we didn't have people out to help apply for Medicaid or food stamps, now you have people in the market place, grocery stores, and streets trying to make sure those in need have what they need. I think their doing an awesome job and maybe children who parents get this help will appreciate what the government benefit program does, because I know I do and I know it would have been nights I wouldn't eat or go to the doctor without these great benefits. So appreciate the program they are only out to help.

The only thing that I would like to see change is that they be more cautious to who they give these benefits to because its people in this society that take it for granted. you have people that apply for these benefits to sale their food stamps, help pay for their medicine to sale on the street, and I don’t think that’s right and if you do catch doing it you shouldn't be able to apply for these benefits again, because its people that actually need the assistance and people that would love to get them. Other than that I think the program is helping a lot of people and feeding and taking care of a child that wouldn't be here if it wasn't because of these benefits. It helped me eat so after all it shows the program is beneficial to some people and has an impact on some.