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Old 01-23-2008, 01:18 AM   #1
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Question 1/2 O/T -- New Poverty Guidelines and ?References?

Well, Health and Human Services just published the new poverty guidelines:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml

Last year, I missed by a dollar being eligible for Medicaid assistance, which pays for Medicare, Part B (which will be $96.40 this year) and co-pays and things not covered by Medicare (like the repairs on my crappy mobility scooter).

This year I miss by $6 being eligible. Doesn't that just make so much sense -- because I make $6 a month too much, I have to pay $96.40 a month, plus co-pays (although, I think they'll probably throw me into the free care pool again for that).

It used to be that whomever did the cost-of-living calculations also, obviously, did the federal poverty level calculations -- because the numbers always seemed to relate to each other. Last year and this year, it's just like they're trying to scape a few people off of the top of what's considered "poverty level". You know -- "You make $6 a month too much so see-ya. Now, give us back $96.40."

Well, I'm gonna have to find some more money. SSDI cost-of-living is a joke. It's not keeping up with the gas and oil charges that are ramping up our grocery bills. I don't do anything. I don't go anywhere. I don't do drugs. I don't smoke. I don't drive. C-R-A-P I don't buy books or magazines or newspapers. I don't have ANY fun

Well, I saw a nice little job at the library. 6 hours a week. I think I could do it. But, it's a "town job" -- so you have to provide references. I haven't worked since August 2001. Most of the companies that I worked for have either gone out of business or have been bought out. Where the heck do you get references when you haven't worked in 6-1/2 years??

Not to mention -- CLOTHES. I wear sweat pants and t-shirts all the time. I own two dresses (spring/summer) that still fit me.

Where the heck do you get references?? The last 10 years of my [quote]career[end-quote] were as a contractor. So, the only references that I can REALLY use are the agencies. AARRGGHH!!

Well, I guess mostly I just wanted to throw my guts on the floor But, if you've got any ideas about where to find references (4 professional or business references only), I'm listening.

Thanks.

Barb
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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I am an employment specialist and work with persons with disabilities. Have you applied for DVR services. If so you may be eligible for employment services and a program called supported employment. You can still recieve your SSDI and make up to 950.00 more per month without loosing the medicare that you need for your health issues. The DVR person can help you to choose a vendor that will bring you to a person like me.

I go out into the community and represent you and find jobs that you would like as well as be there on the job and help with the training. Help work out accomodations as well as check in as often as you need. The support you get is really helpful and sense the employer already has an awareness that there is a need there is no worries about having the references that you are talking of.

If you don't have that start with volunteering for a few days or one day a week and build up references. It doesn't take long and looks great on a resume. We produce pictorial resumes so that the new employer can see you do the work as you talk about the experience. Lots of tricks to the trade.

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[QUOTE=moose53;193423]Well, Health and Human Services just published the new poverty guidelines:
http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml

Last year, I missed by a dollar being eligible for Medicaid assistance, which pays for Medicare, Part B (which will be $96.40 this year) and co-pays and things not covered by Medicare (like the repairs on my crappy mobility scooter).

This year I miss by $6 being eligible. Doesn't that just make so much sense -- because I make $6 a month too much, I have to pay $96.40 a month, plus co-pays (although, I think they'll probably throw me into the free care pool again for that).

It used to be that whomever did the cost-of-living calculations also, obviously, did the federal poverty level calculations -- because the numbers always seemed to relate to each other. Last year and this year, it's just like they're trying to scape a few people off of the top of what's considered "poverty level". You know -- "You make $6 a month too much so see-ya. Now, give us back $96.40."

Well, I'm gonna have to find some more money. SSDI cost-of-living is a joke. It's not keeping up with the gas and oil charges that are ramping up our grocery bills. I don't do anything. I don't go anywhere. I don't do drugs. I don't smoke. I don't drive. C-R-A-P I don't buy books or magazines or newspapers. I don't have ANY fun

Well, I saw a nice little job at the library. 6 hours a week. I think I could do it. But, it's a "town job" -- so you have to provide references. I haven't worked since August 2001. Most of the companies that I worked for have either gone out of business or have been bought out. Where the heck do you get references when you haven't worked in 6-1/2 years??

Not to mention -- CLOTHES. I wear sweat pants and t-shirts all the time. I own two dresses (spring/summer) that still fit me.

Where the heck do you get references?? The last 10 years of my
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career[end-quote] were as a contractor. So, the only references that I can REALLY use are the agencies. AARRGGHH!!

Well, I guess mostly I just wanted to throw my guts on the floor But, if you've got any ideas about where to find references (4 professional or business references only), I'm listening.

Thanks.

Barb
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Old 01-24-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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Thanks, Jo

What's "DVR services"??

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Old 03-15-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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I might be chiming in pretty late here...but my suggestion would be to be very honest on the application.

You don't have business references because you haven't worked in 6 years, but you do have personal references.

They are looking for 6 hours of library help, not a brain surgeon.

If you show an enthusiasm for the job, an an honesty about your situation, I think there could still be a chance that you could still get the job.

Put yourself out there and see what happens.

Best of luck.
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