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Because of this help, she does not have to get a job, and has not had one for about 5 years now, and so she does not have to change her drug habits.

The dependency built on govenments "good deeds" is really shameful. After ~20 years in the rental business, I've seen this accross every government program: welfare (funding drug addiction), food stamps (peddled on the street for 50 cents on the dollar), SSI (the new welfare), section 8 housing (with the able bodied sleeping untill noon) ....

And now they want HEALTHCARE ... NO THANK YOU. I'ld rather pay my own way.

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Re: Implications of Mass. Health Insurance Law
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We also were in the rental business for a number of years. We rented to a number of people on SSI with section 8 vouches. They all had mental or physical disabilities. None with drug problems. Some had "sheltered workshop" type jobs. Even though we no longer own the properties, many of these tenants still call my husband their friend.

In March 1996, the Contract with America Advancement Act (PL 104-121) eliminated drug addiction and alcoholism (DA&A) as qualifying impairments for disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. As a result, on January 1, 1997, more than 166,000 SSI DA&A recipients lost their monthly income and health care (i.e., Medicaid) benefits. This population accounted for approximately 2.5% of all SSI recipients. In California, where nearly 30% of all DA&A beneficiaries resided, nearly 50,000 individuals were directly affected.
http://sswr.confex.com/sswr/2006/techprogram/P4275.HTM

Not that this was only 2.5% of SSI recipients.

My grandneice is on SSI--born without enough intestine and now waiting a liver and intestine transplant. My brother is on SSI--he is autistic.




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I live in California and you can generally get full medical care if you are poor.

You are not eligible for MediCal based on income alone.


People in many different situations qualify for Medi-Cal. They are listed below.

You may automatically be eligible for Medi-Cal if you receive cash assistance under one of the following programs:

SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program)
CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Previously called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
Refugee Assistance
Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Program.
Even if you donít receive cash assistance, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal if you are one of the following:

65 or older
Blind
Disabled
Under 21
Pregnant
Diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer
In a skilled nursing or intermediate care facility.
Refugee status during a limited period of eligibility. Adult refugees may or may not be eligible depending upon how long they have been in the U.S.
Parent or caretaker relative of a child under 21 and
The childís parent is deceased or doesnít live with the child, or
The childís parent is incapacitated, or
The childís parent who is the primary wage earner is unemployed or underemployed.


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In March 1996, the Contract with America Advancement Act (PL 104-121) eliminated drug addiction and alcoholism (DA&A) as qualifying impairments for disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
The other great thing Clinton allowed was time limitations for collecting welfare. But what happened was everyone jumped to SSI - when welfare ran out - by claiming a mental disability. So we still have some work/regulation ahead of us (if we deem these programs necessary).
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Wow. I didn't realize it was that easy. Why do I pay for health insurance? Do you use this strategy, Justin?
You and I both have health insurance to protect our assets. If medical providers had no recourse to recover any money from me, I would go bare of course.
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The other great thing Clinton allowed was time limitations for collecting welfare. But what happened was everyone jumped to SSI - when welfare ran out - by claiming a mental disability. So we still have some work/regulation ahead of us (if we deem these programs necessary).
You have numbers? I don't think so. I used to do social security disability and SSI appeals for legal aid when I was in law school. It is tough to get covered uder those programs. And, you get re-evaluated frequently.

Are these programs necessary? I hope you aren't serious. I know child who is autistic and at nine years old, still has not learned to use a toilet. He will be a success if he gets potty trained. He calls me aunty same because I look just like my sister. We were all thrilled when he recognized me as a separate person.

One of my husband's former tenants has regular serious grand mal seizures even on pills, which are destroying his liver. Not only does he have no end of physical problems, but he is mentally retarded.

He had another tenant that ended up in assisted living. Severe arthritis since a child, can hardly move. His hips have degenerated to nothing. His parents retired at 65, are now about 70 and are trying to be retired. They had him move into my husband's building so he could get used to being without them. They are worried what will happen to him when they die.

Then there is the couple who were also my husband's tenants. She has Down Syndrome and he is quite slow. Both are on SSI. They don't marry because the SSI would be seriously reduced. She loves her dolls and stuffed animals. She thinks Greg is the funniest guy in the world. (She's right) She goes to a day program. Her boyfriend works at Goodwill moving stuff around. He loves to work and loves his job. However, he must be under heavy supervision and given repeated instructions.

These tenants would have their spats with each other from time to time. Just like here. Greg sometimes would have to intervene. They often would run to him to resolve their personal problems. He was the kind uncle in their lives. He still is, even though he is no longer their landlord.

Then there is my autistic brother. He is on SSI too and lives in a subsidized apartment. Once in a while he has a job, generally nighttime cleaning. These jobs don't last long--many autistic adults have no ability to read people. He has a hard time managing his money and there is not quite enough for him and his cat. I subsidize the cat. He also smokes. I am sure you guys dislike the idea of someone on SSI smoking. After all, its your money.





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My Personal Experiance with the US System was a lady I knew whose Husband died from Cancer, the Bills were more than the insurance would pay, she was forced to sell her house .

She now lives with her Daughter.

I also had a Friend who had difficulty getting a job due to his diabetes as Companies did not want to pay the premiums for his insurance.

A Surgeon friend just returned from the States , he said he got fed up fighting with HMO's, not getting paid, always being challenged. Here, 100% payment, automatic.
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A Surgeon friend just returned from the States , he said he got fed up fighting with HMO's, not getting paid, always being challenged. Here, 100% payment, automatic.
Don't blame him for going back.* What could he have been thinking when he left the absolutely perfect Canadian system to practice in the dismal medical system of the States?* Perhaps he was a little wacko?
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You got a better set of responses than I did Al, for what thats worth.

There are plenty of good reasons for a nationalization (or nationalization within states, which is what I figured would happen). I'm figuring a quarter of what we're paying for health care is wasted forms and horsepuckey. I'm not getting proactive care, I get a pill when I report a problem. Then the insurance overpays for the pills indefinitely. If you cant afford to pay for health care, then if you get sick you're supposed to just lay down and die?

As far as not wanting the emergency rooms to provide basic stabilization, hope to god the next time you get hurt you've got your insurance card on ya...
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You are not eligible for MediCal based on income alone.


People in many different situations qualify for Medi-Cal. They are listed below.
This is correct, there is an application procedure for those who don't automatically qualify. My uncle was one of these and, as I mentioned in my post, he had to go through this procedure. I have never heard of someone getting rejected, but that doesn't really mean anything without statistics. The people that are in trouble are folks with a job above 3x poverty level or so and who get sick without insurance. They will be paying list prices (e.g., ripoff prices). You can typically negotiate this down by around 25% or so, but that means you are still paying 3x what an insurance company pays.

I agree with Martha that it is difficult to get on SSI. It requires, I believe, 100% disability and the payments are not large, in any case. That being said, yet another relative of mine got on SSI just last year And in my opinion, she is lazy and does not want to work as I know the details of her case and I could not believe that she got a doctor to sign off -- although there is some mental disability there, she can work, IMO, and I know how lazy she has always been. But it was a lot of work on her part to get on the program -- as hard as a part-time job that she should have been doing. I do NOT think this is typical of most SSI recipients. It is an important program.

I have another relative who gets 90K per year, part of it tax free, from a private medical disability policy. He spent the last three years rebuilding his house, almost entirely on his own, from single story 1200 square feet to over 4000 square feet and three stories (he did everything himself including electrical, plumbing, roofing, flooring, drywall, etc.). He remodeled the kitchen, every bathroom, all of the original rooms, etc. For every dollar he earns on a regular job, his disability policy pays one dollar less. So instead he turned his labors to his home, which is not covered by this scheme, and his home value has gone from $600K to almost $2 Million with his renovations (part of this is appreciation, but not most of it, the old house would be worth well under a million). This is a private disability policy paid by two separate insurance companies. I have a very eclectic family. I am not making this stuff up

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Limit Law Suits, frivolous cases should be dismissed.

If a Straw cost a $, charge the patient a $, NOT $5.

Many of the tests carried out in US Hospitals are for no reason other than a potential piece of evidence in a legal action.

US Citizens need to accept the concept of wait times, nothing wrong with waiting a few months for a Hip Replacement, you may be uncomfortable but you won't die.

Establish Centres of Excellence, dedicated Hospitals that may perform Cardiac, Neuro etc, reduce Marketing Competition.

Hospitals Buy and Brag about equpment, then never use it.Lasers were bought like crazy by Hopitals so the could advertise the NEW Laser surgery for Lap Choly, 99% of the Lasers were never used, a $4,000 Cautery did the job as well and the Hospitals already had dozens of them.

Surgery as a LAST RESORT, focus on prevention, abuse counselling whther drugs, booze, or weight, start at them while they are young, focus on exercise, cut out fast foods, get Coke out of the Cafeteria, Parents set an example.
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You have numbers?* I don't think so.
Best I can see from the graph (linked below) ~25,000 people jumped to SSI once welfare reform kicked in.* This is roughly a 50% increase in disability SSI payments.

First we need to understand welfare reform work requirements:

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Work requirements. Under the new law, recipients must work after two years on assistance, with few exceptions. Twenty-five percent of all families in each state must be engaged in work activities or have left the rolls in fiscal year (FY) 1997, rising to 50 percent in FY 2002. Single parents must participate for at least 20 hours per week the first year, increasing to at least 30 hours per week by FY 2000. Two-parent families must work 35 hours per week by July 1, 1997.
http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ofa/prwora96.htm

... so its a phased in approach from 1997-2002 (exact details vary from state to state but if the state wants federal $$ they need to move people OFF welfare).

Now the SSI roles ... best seen in the attached link.* Note the gradual skew upward from ~50,000 disabled collecting SSI (1999) to today's rate ~75,000.* An increase of ~25,000 or 50%.

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ProgData/awardGraph.html

Yes, we need a safty net for the most vulnerable in our society. But this data shows that for every 2 we help we hurt 1 (via dependency).
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You are reading a lot into the graff. First, the graff linked to was for social security disability--not SSI. To be eligible for SSD you need to have a certain number of credits from work, generally 40 credits. You also must be totally disabled for at least a year. Aging population? Correlation isn't necessarily cause and effect.

Note the doubling of people awarded SSD between 1984 and 1994.

Also, we don't know if some who were collecting AFDC were in fact disabled.

From my experience in doing SSD and SSI appeals, the federal government has long made it its job to question eligilibity for these programs.

This graff doesn't show that for every two we help, one we hurt.
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I have a middle aged nephew on Medicaid-SSI, he has a serious mental illness.* As much as he says he wants to work, he hasn't held a job more than a week or two (was fired by Goodwill!).* Frankly, I wouldn't hire him either as he has no insight and is very demanding.

In my youth people with serious mental illnesses were in institutions.* Now the lucky ones receive medicaid-SSI and are in community housing.* The others are often found sleeping on the streets or in the alternative mental health institutions - prisons.
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Best I can see from the graph (linked below) ~25,000 people jumped to SSI once welfare reform kicked in. This is roughly a 50% increase in disability SSI payments.

First we need to understand welfare reform work requirements:

http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ofa/prwora96.htm

... so its a phased in approach from 1997-2002 (exact details vary from state to state but if the state wants federal $$ they need to move people OFF welfare).

Now the SSI roles ... best seen in the attached link. Note the gradual skew upward from ~50,000 disabled collecting SSI (1999) to today's rate ~75,000. An increase of ~25,000 or 50%.

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/ProgData/awardGraph.html

Yes, we need a safty net for the most vulnerable in our society. But this data shows that for every 2 we help we hurt 1 (via dependency).
From 1996 through 2001, SSI caseloads and expenditures rose less than 2%. http://www.frbsf.org/publications/ec.../wp02-20bk.pdf
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You are reading a lot into the graff.* First, the graff linked to was for social security disability--not SSI.*
We're splitting hairs here, aren't we ... no distinction made on the checks; maybe the $$ comes from the same place.

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To be eligible for SSD you need to have a certain number of credits from work, generally 40 credits.
This is good ... credits come pretty easy though (1 per $970 wages).

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And the application process can take just as long.

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hmmm ... little too early to tell.* Real reform didn't take hold until 2002 and with a lenghtly application process... We'll have to wait for updated data.

In the mean time I have one tenant who recently told me she "can't work anymore".* I'll ask her about the process from the front line.* 5 years ago I would have had 1/2 a dozen to interview ... now I only have a few units left (less data from the front line).



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We're splitting hairs here, aren't we ... no distinction made on the checks; maybe the $$ comes from the same place.
No, your information was on SSD, not SSI. Different pots.

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This is good ... credits come pretty easy though (1 per $970 wages).

With a max of 4 credits a year. Ten years of working to get 40 credits. You will have to be pretty clever to work in little bits to accumulate 40 credits.

So, SSI ranks have not increased in any significant amount for a number of years, though we only have data through 2001. Only 2.5% of people were on SSI for drug and alchohol additon, before they were removed in 1997. SSD has had increases since 2000, but we don't know why and it had large increases in the past as well. We also don't know if a number of people who were on AFDC went to SSI because they were in fact disabled. We also do not have any facts which would support that people are improperly entering the SSD and SSI roles as disabled when they are not.

I still talk to lawyers at legal aid who do SSI/SSD appeals. These say it isn't any easier than when I did the appeals.
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We also do not have any facts which would support that people are improperly entering the SSD and SSI roles as disabled when they are not.
... except the able bodied tenants I had who magically started collecting after thier welfare timed out. And the numerous applicants who giggled or twirled thier finger around the side of thier head when I asked why they're collecting SSI - maybe it was SSD, but they always said "SSI".

I am wondering if a wheel chair ramp is needed ... thier laughing like it's the next best thing to an ATM.

I'll talk to some of current tenants an ask thier opinion of how hard SS? is to collect.

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Seems to me theres a big difference between documents based on thousands of pieces of information and a few pieces of anecdotal evidence.
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Seems to me theres a big difference between documents based on thousands of pieces of information and a few pieces of anecdotal evidence.
You mean like the govt. collecting job growth information from thousands of sources vs. your personal observation of what's happening in Yuba City?

(Sorry, couldn't resist. I know you will set me straight. )

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