Tag Archives: Dept. of Social Services

From Executive to Legislative


I talked to people.  I called up lots of offices and talked to all kinds of people.  What I learned was that all kinds of people were hot to trot to prosecute Medicaid recipients but nobody in the world was … Continue reading

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Crippled by Medicaid Transportation


I started using Medicaid transportation sometime in the 1990’s.  I had regular appointments with a doctor whose office was on the seventh floor of a downtown building, and there was no seating in the lobby.  I had been on Social … Continue reading

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The Contractor and the Contractee


No, as it turned out, the ACLU could not help me.  The local branch apparently consisted solely of an executive director with no staff. I was sitting out there battering my head against Mike Addario, general manager of Rural Metro; … Continue reading

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Being Followed


Kathy Hart, director of Medicaid for Onondaga County, retaliated.  A few weeks after she read my email, I was followed.  I went to a doctor’s appointment.  When I came out and got into Thomas’ van for the return trip home, … Continue reading

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Continued Letter to Rural Metro, and Consequences


(And oh, by the way, I have recently instituted a new personal policy that I will never keep a driver waiting for more than fifteen minutes.  My salvation is in Christ, not American medicine, and if the doctor is late, … Continue reading

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Rural Metro and Poor People


The first thing wrong with the letter from Rural Metro was that it was post-marked June 20, 2003, but noted at the bottom that it had been revised July 8, 2003.  Okay, we have just moved into the surreal world of … Continue reading

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The Perception of Powerlessness


So the days and nights went on, indistinguishable from one another, and I went to a neuropsychologist who told me that depression is triggered by the perception of powerlessness.  Then he told me to take more pills.  Antidepressants pills were what had … Continue reading

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