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  •  Blessing to you (3+ / 0-)
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    ugh.  I can only hope that things will speed up now that we have a new administration - is your Congressperson helping?  This is outrageous.  Did they at least put you on Medicare?

    Impeachment in the New Year, please.

    by MsGrin on Sat Jan 31, 2009 at 04:35:39 PM PST

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    •  How can your Congresscritter help? (0+ / 0-)

      I can contact my Congressman's office - they may actually be willing to help me, despite the fact that I got mad at said Congressman about his FISA vote and publicly refused to vote for him and told them to take me off their list for having a yard sign - but what good can he actually do?

      Yes, I am on Medicare. It is secondary until June of 2010. There is a 30-month coordination period between your other health insurance and Medicare, where your other insurance pays 80% and Medicare pays 20%. I don't know what would happen if I lost my other insurance for some reason (it is through my partner's employer). Would Medicare take over completely? Would I pay 80% out of pocket? If Mr. Kitsap River is unemployed, there is no way we could afford the 80% out of pocket. I'd have to hope that Medicare would cover everything, or that we could somehow afford COBRA. Ordinarily, with him out of work, my mother would cover my share of the COBRA payment, but she's lost so much of her retirement money in this terrible economic downturn that I am not sure she could do that.

      My mother is 73, soon to be 74. She is in terrific health and comes from a very long-lived family (her aunt is 103). She's scared that she will outlive her retirement funds. It's worse now.

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      by Kitsap River on Sun Feb 01, 2009 at 03:42:01 PM PST

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      •  Why call Congress. (0+ / 0-)
        1. See my other comment of this morning. If you should have "dire need" status but don't, your Congressional rep's inquiry may get it for you.
        1. The basic reason things take so long at SSA is that there are too few SSA employees. Your Congresscritter needs to be reminded constantly that Congress needs to give SSA a bigger personnel budget.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Mon Feb 02, 2009 at 08:46:57 AM PST

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