Hi Rock? Meet my hard place

EDITHere’s some interesting reading about this whole fiasco!

EDIT 2:  Check out this AWESOME website I found.  It’s incredible!

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I have been in hard places before.

Rock Me Baby

Rock Me Baby (Photo credit: Bruce McKay Yellow Snow Photography)

But now I am trapped between a very large rock and a very small space.

I don’t have insurance. I haven’t had insurance for probably 5+ years, but had managed nonetheless.

Even with the brain tumor and rare disease diagnosis in 2011, I was still keeping my head above water.

I qualify, and am on, this local program that is like health insurance. But it’s not health insurance.

This program has various levels (or tiers) based on my income, which silly me, I chose to use my Unemployment benefits as my source of income at time of renewal. I was receiving benefits this summer but since September have no longer received. Nothing. Not a dime. Not one penny of UI. What month does your calendar show we are in?

I don’t know why this is happening. If it’s because of a system upgrade; the government shutdown; or a myriad of other reasons why I haven’t received payment. I have not received an exhaust letter, so that’s not the issue. I just had my claim renewed actually.

Do you remember the procedure I have made mention of in earlier posts? The one I’m going to be having around the end of the year? The one that removes my risk of uterine cancer? I found out today I need a $400 deposit before it can get approved.

I Want Your Money

[Before this brain tumor, rather, before I knew about this brain tumor, I had a life. I was gainfully employed. I gleaned much excitement and happiness from life. I felt whole. I could take part in my daily life without concentration issues (getting worse), exhaustion issues (also getting worse), and more things I don’t have time to write about now.]

I have called the health coverage program and explained to them my current situation. I have no income coming in. Yes I am subbing but that first check doesn’t come in until the end of the month. There’s nothing “they” can do to release or adjust me from this current level of the program I am on. The one that gets me to a $400 co-pay. That is, unless they receive an exhaust letter from EDD. {Note: I had heard at the hospital last week that Disability payments weren’t being paid because of the government shutdown. I can only assume that the same thing would hold true for Unemployment Insurance.} I am trapped. Never mind I have emailed EDD twice in the last 2 weeks (getting through on the telephone is a joke. Doesn’t happen. EVER.) trying to find out what is going on with my claim. I have asked many times, “What if EDD doesn’t send me anything? What do I do then?” Their response, “Sorry ma’am. We can’t do anything to change your level without the exhaust letter from EDD.”

Trapped (1949 film)

What am I supposed to do? I am now seeing the specialists more and more (which have a higher co-pay each visit) that I am required to pay. And yet since I have no money coming in, how am I expected to pay said co-pays? It doesn’t make any sense and yet I can’t be the only one going through this?!

So, as humbling as this is…I am putting it out there. I added a “Make a Donation” button on the right side of my blog. But, also know this. I know you have to put goodness out there in order to. Well, let me just say: I believe you need to put goodness out there. And, there are some things I’m going to be doing differently so that I can continue to put goodness out there. Without any hopes or expectations of anything in return.

Thank you for reading and being here with me during this.

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5 thoughts on “Hi Rock? Meet my hard place

  1. I’m happy you are asking for help. The government system is SO frustrating! They easily keep tabs on people and have time for people who owe them money, but typically, if you need a service from them, forget about it. 😦 It’s a sad situation.

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