WoW PAlady if this doesnt set your heart to beating I dont know what will! So many folks here begging to help? That in and of itself tells anyone what kind of friend you have been here and it certainly renews my faith for today in human kindness.
Anyway since I dont have anyother way to help you know that I am searching and researching anything I can find on the stimulus bill pretaining to healthcare and if I dont get the answers I am looking for I am certainly NOT above contacting reps and senators,they work for me hired by me and I never hesitate to let them know when they are not living up to my expectations. LOl never miss an opportunity to scrutinize their job performance.
I know the stimulus package is still in the working stages and new things are happening each day on it and some states are dragging their heels along the way implementing some of the demands Obama has placed on them but he is looking to be ready and willing to come down hard on those states not reacting fast enough to suit him.
Alot of the changes are coming along much faster then the actual workers can wade thru them,for instance this state I live in met the food stamp programs changes and implimented the increase in those already eligable this month long before any letters of the increase came out leaving thousands of food stamp recipients wondering where the extra amounts came from this month on their cards flooding the local office with questions,now I didnt make one of those calls because my Momma taught me never to look a gift horse in the mouth! I learned of the increase of an extra $58 this month from my Swans man.
I do not know if all states have began putting those increases into the clients pockets yet or not but this one sure did making me more of a believer in maybe this thing might just work to our advantage afterall?
I also know that folks who were not qulaifying before are now since the amount of earnings for an individual to be eligable also went up. The same for the medicaid program as well,also in the package is a healthcare reform and whether they have gotten to the stage of actually meeting and making the guidelines for this reform yet are unknown to me but someone has to know something so my search begins and at least you have some small light down that long tunnel. Again I want to emphasize how importnant it might be for you to look into alloting some of your 401 into a health insurance plan for a year or so? Now I am NOT saying to "hide" your money by any means,just shifting it around for your own benefit? Most programs unfortunately at state level require you to have virtaully nothing of value that can be used 1st see what I mean? Not saying by any means that is the way it should be as I can see why we have to be destitute to the point of homelessness and no nest egg before we can get food and shelter and meds but sadly it is that way.
Also in this state your car if it is paid for must be under a certain value and if it is above that it can prevent you from qualifying for food stamps/medicaid but I know for a fact most folks find a way around that as well so why bother with the rules right?
Anyway know that I am searching for answers to some of this and each day I look at the site it seems they have added some new news so thats a good thing right?
I did get a notice from the SSD site alerting me to the fact that they have a timeline of the end of May for the $250 onetime payment generated by the stimulus deal for SSI/SSD folks and that means the checks will start coming out in May and all be in our hands by the end of the month,it will be a day other then your normal delivery date and it will come in the form of how you get your regular monthly payment,direct deposit,or paper check. There is nothing we have to do to get this unlike last time we do NOT have to file any tax forms and such. Everyone that gets SSI/SSD will get the payment,adults only though,no money for kids this time folks. I dont think it is going to help the economy after such a bad winter and high heating bills and folks still trying to bail out of that mess but hey if they want to give me a little extra who am I to turn it down? I can honestly say I wont be buying a new flat screen with it but I might buy myself a dinner out!! LOL.
Ok I am going now and sorry to get carried away here just wanted to let you know how great it is to see so many folks offering to help and let you know I am surfing and reading.