Financial Help for Single Mothers in Hawaii
Although considered as a tropical paradise, Hawaii also has its share of social concerns such as the plight of single mothers. This is one facet of the state’s society which shows that not everyone here is living their dreams.
The Hawaiian state government addresses this concern by extending help to single mothers to help them deal with the struggles of life. It offers several assistance programs that specifically target the many problems that single mothers and their children face on a day-to-day living.
Supplemental Food Program
Food is a major problem for single mothers. Their inability to put decent meals on the table can have drastic effects on their children. One is poor nutrition which can lead to health problems. It also impacts on their social skills, emotional strength and psychological capacity to solve their own personal problems.
To help them, Hawaii State enrolls qualified individuals to its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Under this endeavor, beneficiaries receive financial assistance to enable them to purchase food with nutritional value. What it aims to do is bridge the gap that their poor economic status has created.
The government also implements the WIC program. This is offered to women and their children below five years of age which includes infants.
Providing for Health Care Needs
Getting quality medical care is impossible for single mothers and their children when they do not have enough money to even buy their food. Although some may be employed, the cost of employer-provided insurance is often too much. These forces them out of the insurance coverage and face the risk of getting no medical attention at all.
To mitigate the impact of their financial constraints, the Hawaiian government has lined up several health-related programs. There is the Transitional Medical Assistance Program (TMA)1 that helps single women get adequate insurance coverage because they lost eligibility to the Medicaid program.
It is important to understand that these health care program are not entirely offered free of costs to recipients. However, under a sliding scale scheme, single mothers will only need to pay insurance premiums based on their income capacity.
Support of Education
To increase their chances of getting gainful employment, Hawaii also offers support for single mothers to pursue their education. Often, the reason for their dropping out of school is because they are the on the family way. Once there, they are unable to bounce back because they lost their focus and drive.
Through federal- and state-sponsored scholarships, single moms are given the chance to improve their lives by finishing their education. There are also college grants available to them which they can use to enroll in accredited universities and colleges in the state.
- The Transitional Medical Assistance Program (TMA) provides continued medical coverage for certain families who become ineligible for medical assistance because of increased earnings or child support. TMA coverage may be provided at no cost for six months, and may continue for a maximum of 12 months. [↩]