Tag Archives: HEAP

$71? You’ve Got to be Kidding.


It is 7:25 a.m. and the sun is peering bleakly through a haze. The temperature is eight but feels like -12. It is predicted to go up to a blazing 11 degrees this afternoon. “Niagara Falls freezes over” is today’s … Continue reading

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Death of a Citizen; Birth of a Christian


In the homeless shelter, I was required to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD).  In July 1991 I was declared totally disabled and awarded SSD; with that came Medicare and Medicaid.  Transitional Living Services got me out of the shelter and … Continue reading

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Up to a Point


I used to get fired a lot and what I discovered was that if I immediately went down and applied for Unemployment then I’d get a new job within days.  If I didn’t apply for Unemployment then I’d linger for … Continue reading

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Welfare Isn’t Welfare Anymore


Temporary Assistance is the term used in New York State for public assistance (welfare) programs. Temporary Assistance provides families and individuals with short-term help while they work toward self-sufficiency. In New York State there are three financial assistance programs: Family Assistance … Continue reading

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A Medicaid Program to End All Medicaid Programs (Part I)


Euthanasia. You want us poor folks dead, so why not be honest and advocate for it?  We know you want us dead.  We read it every day on Syracuse.com and in the Letters to the Editor.  We see it and … Continue reading

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Playing with Power


Anne C. Woodlen, CEO  Caring for Annie, Inc.  Being disabled and embedded in the system—Social Security Disability, Medicare, Medicaid, Heating Emergency Assistance Program, Food Stamps, doctors, medical transport, case managers, aides—is the equivalent of running a small business.  It requires … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions 2


Can a sixty-three-year-old divorced male on Social Security receive Food Stamps? Food Stamps have nothing to do with age, marital status or sex.  They are awarded based on poverty so, yes, your Social Security payments may be so low that you qualify … Continue reading

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