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Just another Friggin’ Hearing?


So I woke up this morning and immediately had to write a five-page statement to today’s administrative law judge. The government had been totally screwing me again and I had to put a stop to it. I was incarcerated—not treated, … Continue reading

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From There to Here


As an advocate/activist, one of the things I’ve learned to do when I’m stuck is go back and follow up on all previous contacts.  On Wednesday, July 24, I was stuck.  I’d been sitting in an isolation room at Crouse for … Continue reading

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Curing Depression, and Ain’t Payback a Bitch?


Several hundred of you have been following my problem with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), so let’s use it as a teaching moment.  Follow the bouncing activist to learn how to effectively complain. I wrote up the story of how the … Continue reading

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PUSH BACK


Because I am disabled I was eligible for a Supplemental Needs Trust from my mother’s estate.  Her bequest to me had to go through five lawyers and a judge and, in the process, took ten percent of the inheritance (my … Continue reading

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It’s Called Free Speech (Part II)


[Continued from 6/15/11] Last night I asked Susan if she had ever before had any trouble with Medicaid. She wasn’t sure.  Upon further questioning, I learned that she’s not sure how long she’s been on Medicaid “this time”—she thinks it’s … Continue reading

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Wayne Freeman’s At It Again


All you faithful readers will remember that Wayne Freeman is co-owner of Medical Answering Service (MAS).  MAS is a private company that has gotten contracts in several New York State counties to provide dispatch services for Medicaid transportation. Wayne Freeman … Continue reading

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Zachary Karmen, DSS Chief Welfare Attorney (Retired) (Part I)


In October 2005, I received a letter illegally kicking me off Medicaid transportation, signed by Zachary Karmen, Chief Welfare Attorney of the Onondaga County Dept. of Social Services.  That was the first I’d ever heard of Mr. Karmen. Medicaid transportation was, … Continue reading

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