I was informed a few minutes ago that in addition to the whopping $16 per month in food benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), I do not qualify for Medicaid in Nevada. I do, however, qualify for the Slim Program which provides for my Part B premium, but may take up to four months before it is processed through the system.
This means that my Social Security check will continue to be over $100 less each month up until around the first of the year. Now I will be reimbursed, but in the meantime, I do without.
At least for the next four months, after I pay my rent, car payment with insurance, the personal loan Iohn took out, and my phone bill (which I need in case of emergency), I will have to make do with $50 or less per month for food, medicines, co-pays of 20% on doctor and lab work and gasoline to get me to the doctors and grocery store.
Isn’t that special?
Now to be fair, back in Indiana I did not qualify exactly for Medicaid though the state did end up picking up the excess medical costs which there was no way I could pay. I also did not qualify for even the $16 in SNAP benefit. Also in Indiana, Iohn was still with me and helped make sure I had food, medicines, could see my doctors and gasoline.
When Iohn left he promised he would not leave me high and dry. He promised to continue to assist me in making it from month to month. Things changed. It took me two months to be reimburse what I paid out on his behalf from my check in June. Now there is part of both July and August on the personal loan – and – I even loaned him my last bit of money in the bank so he could have gas to get back and forth to work a week ago.
Iohn was paid Friday, but no reimbursement, yet. He did say if not this past Friday he would provide his next payday on the 21st of this month – that is if I can last that long.
There are some who seem to think I can qualify for this program and that program. They are wrong. I have been dealing with the system for the past 15 years.
Although I am on the poverty line, I am told over and over and over, I make too much money. I worked for over 30 years before I became sick. I played by the rules.
Now I am penalized.
What is aggravating is those who have never worked a day in their lives, are perfectly capable and fit, receive full benefits. Those individuals have the nicest of everything, the latest gadgets, the sportiest cars, go out and play, run, jump, drink every night, dance the night away – and get full benefits.
I do believe in the biblical principle that if you don’t work, you don’t eat – unless there is a legitimate reason you are unable to provide for yourself due to no fault of your own, such as a debilitating disability.
But so many of those getting full benefits do not have such an issue or concern.
Enough of my venting.
Nothing will change.
Nothing will become better.
It doesn’t matter which party or which person is in charge of government, all will remain the same.
OK, Mark, shut-up.