United Way Helps Families in Marshall County Achieve Financial Stability

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education. Currently, 11% of Marshall County families live in poverty. ALICE (an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for our county. 29% of households in Marshall County are ALICE households.

For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.

SEARCH for help

When you are looking for the information you need to get help in Marshall County, you need to find it right away. By using SEARCH United Way of Marshall County, you’ll easily find the information you’re looking for… when you’re looking for it.

People throughout our community turn to United Way every day for information and support – whether financial-related, health and nutrition, education, or disaster. We have information that connects people of all ages to the necessary health and human services you need. We’re excited to put this information directly into your hands. SEARCH for help HERE. 

If you need our help, we are also always only a phone call away. 574-936-3366. 


Hoosier Healthwise is a health care program for children up to age 19 and pregnant women. The program covers medical care such as doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, and surgeries at little or no cost to the member or the member's family.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) falls under the Hoosier Healthwise program. CHIP is for children up to age 19 whose families have slightly higher incomes. In CHIP, members are required to pay a low monthly premium for coverage as well as copays for certain services.


Covered Services

There are two benefit packages within Hoosier Healthwise:

  • Package A - This is a full-service plan for children and pregnant women. Members do not have any cost sharing obligations.

  • Package C - This is a full-service plan for children enrolled in CHIP. There is a small monthly premium payment and co-pay for some services based on family income.

For a general description of the benefits and services under these benefit packages, refer to the Indiana Medicaid Covered Services page. Individual health plans may offer additional services.


Member Information

  • For eligibility information, including income requirements, for Hoosier Healthwise-Package A, refer to the eligibility guide.

  • For eligibility information, including income requirements, as well as premium and copay information for Package C, refer to the premium payments page.

  • If you are a pregnant woman, you may be able to receive medical care while you wait for your application to be processed. Please refer to Presumptive Eligibility for more info.

  • You can find information about the program within the Hoosier Healthwise brochure.

  • When you enroll with Hoosier Healthwise, you must select a health plan. You may choose among the following:

    • Anthem

    • CareSource

    • Managed Health Services

    • MDwise

  • You can visit the Working With Your Health Plan page to select the best health plan for you. You can also find a summary of the Hoosier Healthwise health plans.

  • Once you have selected a health plan, you will be asked a series of questions about your health care. These questions will allow the health plan to understand your needs so that they may provide you with all the services you need. If you have extra needs, the health plan will ask you specific questions to better understand your healthcare treatment.

  • If you have questions about your benefits or your coverage, you should contact your health plan or the Indiana Medicaid enrollment broker, Maximus. You can find the phone numbers on the contact us webpage.



SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps)

In the United States, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly yet still commonly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federal program that provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people. SNAP currently provides 1 in 7 Americans with help making ends meet and putting food on the table. 

Find out if you are eligible for SNAP and learn how to access your SNAP benefits. You may apply for SNAP online here.  

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Find out if you are eligible for WIC assistance. If you prefer to contact the state office to find the clinic nearest you, please call toll-free 1-800-522-0874, or email When you call your local clinic, the staff will be able to answer your questions and get you started with a certification appointment. You may apply for WIC online here.  

The United Way of Marshall County partners with FamilyWize to provide access to affordable prescription medications in order to ensure greater health and financial stability to community members.


  • Is free for everyone – it’s like a coupon that you can use as often as you want.
  • Reduces cost – just show the card every time to get the lowest prices, whether it be FamilyWize, insurance or retail price.
  • Is easy to use with no registration or eligibility requirements.
  • Covers FDA approved prescription medications.
  • Saves an average of 45% on prescriptions.
  • Accepted at major chain pharmacies nationwide

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  • Contact United Way at: 936-3366
  • Download and print a card
  • Text "family" to 700700 to receive a card on your phone (Message and data rates may apply. FamilyWize Terms and Privacy)
  • Download the FamilyWize app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.                                              


  • You are able to see the FamilyWize price of your prescription(s) by either going to or by downloading the free FamilyWize app. Simply enter your drug name, dosage and zip code to find the lowest price within a 10 mile radius.


FamilyWize negotiates fair drug prices directly with major pharmacies like CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. We pass the savings onto our members, free of charge.

To start saving with FamilyWize, a member just needs to show the savings card to their local pharmacist whenever they fill a prescription at a participating pharmacy. The discount will be automatically applied to the retail price of the drug.

Members can use their card as often as they want. Cards do not expire. Cards may also be used for family members’ prescriptions and shared with friends.

Marshall County housing and utility assistanceMarshall County residents may be facing rent and utility bills that are simply too costly to pay due to complications surrounding COVID-19.

We encourage those seeking assistance to reach out to township trustees, local non-profits, and state programs to find help in covering these payments.

You may also view the resource HERE. 

  Marshall County Food Pantries  Marshall County food pantries are helping provide food to families and households. 

    Click HERE for the full resource. Together, we will #EndHunger in our communities. 

Writing a Will

Watch any long-running sitcom and you'll probably find an episode where the parents resist writing their wills. Generally, one parent is holding out because connect writing a will to dying, and this makes them unwilling to tackle this important task. But, the truth is that a will is the only way you can ensure your loved ones are cared for when you're gone.

Writing Your Will Yourself Vs. Using an Attorney

Once you decide to write your will, you can either do it yourself or hire an attorney to help. Using a professional ensures that your will is free of errors and meets state requirements, meaning that it will hold up in court, even if contested. You should consider hiring a professional if:

  • You have assets in other states or countries
  • You have minor children
  • You're married, divorced, or remarried
  • You own a business

If you decide to write your will on your own:

  • Don't write a will by hand. It may not be legal in every state
  • Work within a trusted software program. This software should include step-by-step instructions, detailed forms to fill out, and legal advice specific to your personal situation
  • Make sure to sign your will according to the software program's directions in front of the right number of witnesses and then get it notarized

1. Select an Executor

An executor is someone who carries out your will, and will locate your assets, pay your creditors from your estate, and make sure your loved ones get the property you leave them. Attorneys caution against naming co-executors because getting two people to agree about your affairs can be difficult. Select one person you trust and discuss executorship with them.

2. Choose a Guardian

If you have kids under the age of eighteen, selecting a guardian is important. Choose a single person or a couple able to raise your children, and discuss the responsibility with them. You should ideally also choose a separate person to handle the money that you've left to your children.

3. Establish a Trust

A trust serves several purposes, including supporting minors, managing charitable gifts, and providing a safeguard for beneficiaries. There are many types of trusts available. You need a trust if you have minor children or more than $100,000 in assets.

4. Divide Your Goods

Many people name a loved one to inherit the bulk of their belongings, but others like to divvy up their property. If you have a lengthy list of items to distribute, include details of each item and its recipient so there's no confusion.

5. Draft a Letter

If you'd like to provide a detailed explanation or message to your heirs, consider attaching a personal letter to your will. The letter may also include safe deposit box information, account numbers, passwords, and insurance policies to make your executor's job trouble-free. Make sure you update the letter after any major life changes.

6. Keep Information Safe

Finally, store your will in a safe place and tell your executor or a family member where the will is located so it can be found and fulfilled quickly.

No one likes to think about death, but should something unfortunate happen to you, you need to have a will to protect your assets and your family.

7. Contact Us

If you would to discuss including United Way of Marshall County in your will or if you have questions about the best way for you to benefit through a planned gift, please call us at 574-936-3366 or email Linda Yoder at We would love to meet and talk.