Financial Help for Single Mothers in Maryland

Single mothers have it tougher than most individuals. They are faced with countless struggles just to provide the barest necessities for their kids. One stark example is their lack of proper education to attain gainful employment.

There is only so much that government can do. But in the state of Maryland, the government exhausts all means to support single mothers and their plight. State programs are available to cater to their needs and help them build a better future for their families.

Food Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) is participated in by the state government of Maryland. It is a way for single mothers to provide their kids with food amidst financial difficulties. Help is given in the form of a debit card which is funded by the government. They can use it to purchase food in local stores which are participating in the program.

To assist pregnant mothers and their children below five years of age, Maryland is also a part of the WIC program. This extends help to beneficiaries by given them access to nutritious food like infant formula and other dairy products.

There are also local food pantries or local food banks where they can avail healthy food for free (or at subsidized prices). See Maryland Food Bank.

Quality Health Care

Maryland offers the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid)1 to low- and no income families and individuals. These include single mothers who do not have the means to pay for a comprehensive health insurance. Working single parents can also avail of the program especially if company insurance is too costly for them.

For those who fail to qualify for the conventional Medicaid program, opportunity is given through a state-supported health insurance plan. The Maryland Children’s Health Program is implemented under a sliding scale scheme which is financially easy. The coverage includes all children and young adults aged 19 and below.

Child Care Service

The cost of child care services can be burdensome for low income earners, especially single mothers. Maryland offers a Child Care Subsidy program that extends financial assistance to defray costs of the service.

The state government shares in the expenses to help them save as much of their limited income for other necessities. Thus giving them access to quality child care services which they could not otherwise afford.

References:

  1. Medicaid coverage is automatically given to individuals receiving certain other public assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), or Foster Care. []