Tag Archives: Kathy Hart

On Being Loaded


As a society we maintain a fiction that electric wheelchairs enable people with disabilities to be independent.  The fact is that people with disabilities no longer have anyone upon whom they can depend to push their wheelchairs; that’s why we … Continue reading

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Transportation: From Medicaid to Centro


The only significant consequence of my meeting with County Legislator Kathy Rapp was that my vendor stopped carrying me.  He started kicking my rides back to Medicaid dispatch and saying that he couldn’t provide service in the time frame requested, … Continue reading

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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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Taking Note of Kathy Hart


People like to talk and what they like to talk about most is themselves—so listen, already.   You want information?  Call somebody up, ask a couple friendly questions, and then sit and listen.  Affirmatively say “uh-huh” from time to time, but … Continue reading

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