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Update About My Health Insurance Subsidy

In May of this year, my health insurance subsidy magically disappeared.  A bill arrived in which the premium had gone up so much that there was no way we’d be able to pay it.  Long story short,  I ended up having to pick a new plan.

At the time, I had a Silver plan. The subsidy helped me pay for it and my premiums were low enough to make it possible for me to afford health insurance coverage.  My husband and I are both disabled, and my attempt to get Social Security Disability was denied – so I can’t get Medicare.  I’m stuck with individual health insurance from a private company.

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An Open Letter to Assembly Member Anthony Rendon Regarding Single Payer Health Care

Assembly Member Anthony Rendon,

Please stop blocking SB 562 – the bill that could enable Californians to have access to single payer health care.  It is extremely important, now more than ever, that the State of California take steps to protect people’s access to health care.

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Freaking Out Over My Health Insurance Subsidy

I’m going to greatly summarize what just happened.  A little while ago, my husband got a bill from my health insurance company.  For some unknown reasons, my premium went up DRAMATICALLY because my subsidy had been taken away from me.  He later explained that when he got this bill, he was afraid that he would have to get (another) job.

Let me put that into context.  My husband is legally blind and gets Medicare as a result.  He has optic nerve atrophy, which cannot be cured.  He has tried, in the past, from time to time, to get a “regular job” – but is greatly limited by what kind of job he can do because of his vision.  In addition, he already has a job doing freelance writing and audio production.

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Waiting Indefinitely

It’s been more than a month since I had my third, and final, disability hearing.  I understand that disability judges aren’t known for their speedy decision making abilities, and that there were four holidays between when I had the hearing and today (Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve).

I get it.  I’m trying to be patient.

I’m having trouble waiting for an indefinite amount of time for an answer that will either make my life a bit easier – or that will make it significantly harder to struggle through.  I can’t move on until I know which way things will go, and I refuse to let my hopes go up for fear of them crashing to the floor and shattering into a thousand pieces when the mail finally arrives.

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For Those Who Think Being Poor Makes for an Easy Life

In October of 2015, I stopped qualifying for Medicaid. (Medi-Cal in California).

Nobody bothered to let me know about this obviously important change.

I ended up seeing a doctor, to set up as a new patient, while uninsured.

Of course, there was no way for me to know that I was uninsured.

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