Tag Archives: DSS

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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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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