I’m embarrassed, but I need your help #please… I have a possible tumor and my insurance isn’t helping

I don’t do this often and the few times I have asked for help, I’ve never gotten very far. But I need to try because I don’t know what else to do.

I suppose this is a long rant about what’s going on with me and my life these days. I try to keep it quiet and distract myself with pretty things, but sometimes I need to let it out. And maybe you can find it in your heart to get through this and help me in some way. Anyway.

There are too many things going on. Too many things.  No one I know has money they can lend or just gift me. I have no money. My family of 3 lives off of $17k a year. I honestly don’t know how we make it.

Health insurance is denying my claims. I can’t pay my medical bills. I need a ct scan bc I have a tumour that may need chemotherapy (according to a resident at John Hopkins) and I can’t afford any of it. It may not need chemo or radiation. It could be nothing. It could be outright removed (even though we’ve removed it twice already) but I’ll never know until it’s too late, if I can’t get this ct scan.

I practically live on my asthma inhaler and I often wonder if I can even afford to “waste” another huff of it. My asthma isn’t bad enough to kill me or anything like that, just bad enough to torture me every day and send me to urgent care with the occasional asthma attack that requires being hooked up to a breathing machine.

I got put on prednisone. The side effects are weight gain, fatigue, foggy thoughts, pain, nausea and just about everything I don’t need right now, or ever.

My phone is dying a little more every day. I can’t make or receive phone calls or texts and data anything doesn’t work. I can only use it when I’m home and connected to wifi. It turns off randomly. Freezes. Even when at home, it can take forever for it to do anything. Battery life is an hour at rest if I’m lucky.

My mom’s car is busted. That was our only source of transportation and now that’s gone. We can’t afford to fix it. The closest bus stop is 5 miles away on the highway with no sidewalks. I can’t walk there bc I have nerve damage so severe that I’m on meds galore and still can’t walk longer than 15 minutes. And sometimes the pain is so bad that I can’t walk at all.

I have nothing in my name other than debt. What are these bill collectors going to take away from me? I don’t have wages to garnish. What do they want? I have nothing to give them. If I could dissect this tumour myself, I would maybe sell it to science or some weirdo on Craigslist. That could make some money, maybe.

Nothing is right or even close to it. Even if after 4 years of unemployment someone does want to hire me or even interview me, how would I get there? How do they call me? Even that doesn’t work out right.

I’m stuck and I need help getting unstuck. I’m so embarrassed to even be asking, but I really don’t know what else to do.

If you can find it in your heart to maybe throw a few bucks my way, I’d be so insanely and forever grateful. Maybe you can pass this along to a friend?

Thank you.

Peace and Pistachios,

Heba

xoxo

 

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An entirely flawed system

So I just found out that NJ is cutting off my food stamps because I’m considered able-bodied. Food stamps has literally been the only thing feeding my family right now and the only way for me to continue getting food stamps is if I go to a 20 hour a week work program. I tried to go to the program and had to make an appointment for orientation months ago and they were so mean and dismissive of me. They wanted me to miss my doctor appointment to go to their orientation and I told them I couldn’t miss it. I was sick, I needed to see a doctor. So they wouldn’t schedule me for another day and that was that.

I can get out of the requirement if I’m caring for someone in my family, which I am, my mother who has been unwell. But why is she unwell, because without warning her health insurance was terminated because she was deemed to make too much money. My mom makes $800 a month from alimony payments. That’s it! How is that too much money? Because she doesn’t have health insurance, she can’t afford her meds and hence has not been the greatest lately. The only way to prove that I’m caring for my mother is if she gets evaluated by a doctor and deemed disabled. Again, something we cannot afford. And if she never had her insurance terminated to begin with, she’d have her meds and she wouldn’t need someone to look after her.  It’s a flawed system and I’m so embarrassed and sad and scared. I don’t know how to feed my family.

I’ve been trying to get a job for a year and a half now with no luck. I have a BA and two MAs. I’m clearly educated and should be capable of getting a job but no one wants to give me a chance despite my 10 years of experience. I really don’t know what to do. I really hate to ask, but I need help. I haven’t paid my credit cards off, we’re charging everything on credit and I’ve reached my credit limit. We’re not using the heat even though it’s so cold, bc we can’t afford to make the payment. I don’t have a cell phone line because we can’t afford it. How is my family going to eat? What am I supposed to do? Like we can’t even afford to pay rent this month. Literally, I have no idea what to do or how to keep us from being hungry and homeless. And I could kick myself for ending up in this situation.

I keep trying to crawl us out of this hole, but I keep failing.

This is so embarrassing, but I need help and I don’t know where to turn. I’m so embarrassed to ask and hate myself for getting to this point. If you could spare anything, even just $1, I would appreciate it so much. https://www.paypal.me/hebavsreason I swear, I’ll never forget your generosity and 100% promise to pay it forward. I’m just so scared and so unsure of how to make ends meet. I’m so embarrassed and I’m so sorry for asking. Maybe you could pass this around, reblog it. Any help would be so important and I’d be so thankful.

@Potus Open Letter to NJ FamilyCare

Dear NJ FamilyCare,

I am filing a dispute on behalf of my mother. We recently became aware that her health plan has been terminated without notice. My mother has had medicare for more than a year and out of nowhere you terminated her plan. When my mother called you to find out why her plan was terminated, a very rude customer service agent named Nazir spoke to her bringing her to tears. When I took over the phone call, Nazir was condescending and rude to me as well. I asked him why her plan was terminated without notice, he said that notice was given to 6066 Street. We have never lived at 6066 Street, that address doesn’t even exist. We have every piece of paperwork that we have submitted to you, with our correct address. When I asked Nazir why it was sent to the wrong address he said it was the only address they had on file. I asked him if you really did send this mysterious letter of termination and it was sent to an incorrect answer, then why didn’t you send it again to the right address. Surely you can look up our information and find the correct address. Nazir said that it was not noted that anything had been returned and that you supposedly have no record of our address? How does that even make sense? That’s right. It doesn’t. So then I asked Nazir why my mother had health insurance coverage last year and not this year and he said it was because she made too much money and that the cut off was $1305 monthly income a person. I told him that my mother makes $1500 from alimony payments that is supposed to cover 2 family members, meaning my mother should have never had her plan terminated. EVER! And especially without warning. Nazir was very rude and I kept having to ask him the same questions over and over again and he wouldn’t respond with relevant responses. He became impatient with me and told me that I just had to pay out of pocket expenses for my mother and it wasn’t his problem. My mother is very sick and is very dependent on her doctor’s appointments and medications. She is not employed and starting January her alimony payments become $800 a month! That’s supposed to food, clothe and board 2 people! In what world do you think an unemployed person supporting two people on $800, let alone $1500, can afford to pay for health insurance. We don’t even know how we’re going to pay rent. When I tried and asked Nazir to speak to a supervisor, he told me “You can’t.” Excuse me, this man looked at my mother’s file for a total of two seconds, misinterpreted all the information, gave no real answers, spoke to me as though I’m an invalid, made my mother cry and I’m not allowed to speak to a supervisor? Are you kidding me? I asked him again why my mother had insurance last year and now all of the sudden now doesn’t, he said that our health insurance came from the MarketPlace and that our problem was the MarketPlace was providing her with her medicare health plan, but now NJ HealthCare has deemed her unfit. So I called the Market Place and they laughed, because they say they have no power to do that and our issue is with NJ FamilyCare. Before I ended my called with Nazir I asked him what we should do and he told me that my mother should reapply through the MarketPlace and then they’ll get to her application on a first come first serve basis, pay no mind that you wrongfully terminated her policy with no warning or time to prepare herself. My mother has become very ill since not being able to afford her medication and even if she could get a job now, she couldn’t take it because I  have to care of her now, but I’m not a doctor, nurse or a miracle worker. She needs her medication. She needs her doctors and I’m very worried she could die because of your horrible and disgusting customer service. If she has to be hospitalised because of your malfeasance, then I am holding you accountable. 

Heba

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FW: Planned Parenthood raided. Hi there—I just wanted to make sure you saw Anna’s message from the other day. Planned Parenthood is under relentless attack, and they need our help to fight back.

Officials from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s administration have raided Planned Parenthood health centers across the state, demanding the confidential records of women who visited the health centers, including ultrasound records.1 The news is especially alarming for a state with an extensive history of criminalizing abortion.

And the raids came just three days after Gov. Abbott announced that the state will end the one remaining source of government funding for Planned Parenthood—funding to provide health care for families earning less than 19 percent of the federal poverty level, or $3,760 for a family of three.2

In total, seven states have eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood since the summer.3 And the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a special budget bill to defund Planned Parenthood that cannot be blocked in the Senate using the filibuster, which is how we’ve stopped other bills attacking the organization.4

The attacks on Planned Parenthood are relentless. We did not budget for this big of a fight—and we need to keep fighting. Will you chip in $3 right now? 

Yes, I’ll chip in to help MoveOn fight to defend Planned Parenthood.

Here’s our plan to fight back: 

  • We’ll turn up the heat on vulnerable Republican senators running for re-election next year by holding events outside their in-state offices and running powerful social media campaigns targeting them for waging a war on women.  
  • We’ll run a hard-hitting media campaign to expose the attacks on Planned Parenthood for what they are: propaganda designed to close down health clinics and ban abortion. 
  • We’ll ramp up campaigns in the next set of states where Republicans are going after Planned Parenthood funding.

We simply cannot allow anti-abortion extremists to destroy an organization that helps so many people—or to roll back women’s rights and access to health care. Can you chip in $3 now to join MoveOn as we fight to save Planned Parenthood?

Click here to chip in and stand with Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is under an all-out assault. But our fighting back has made a huge difference, including helping stop bills to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate. Specifically:

  • I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where I met in person with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid to bring them 1.2 million signatures from MoveOn members and key partners supporting Planned Parenthood.  
  • We flooded Senate offices with 10,000 phone calls.
  • We ran ads highlighting how Planned Parenthood has helped individual MoveOn members. 
  • We partnered with Planned Parenthood to organize 138 rallies and other visibility events across the country on #PinkOut Day last month. 
  • And, on the state level, we supported numerous MoveOn members in leading petition campaigns and other organizing to stop their states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

Now, we need to show that attacking Planned Parenthood is a political loser and will cause vulnerable Republicans running for re-election next year to lose support among women. We know this strategy can work because Planned Parenthood is enormously popular. And we’ve used this strategy before and won: The Republican War on Women is a big reason why Todd Akin and Mitt Romney lost their elections in 2012.

We can beat back the worst attacks on Planned Parenthood, but we can’t do it without you. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to help MoveOn stand with Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Victoria, Bobby, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Texas Orders Health Clinics to Turn Over Patient Data,” The New York Times, October 23, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307983&id=134626-30141796-mFyhmZx&t=1

2. “Texas Is Hell-Bent on Ending Reproductive Health Care Access for Poor Women,” Slate, October 19, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307984&id=134626-30141796-mFyhmZx&t=2

3. “Planned Parenthood Probes Find No Wrongdoing, But The Damage Has Been Done,” The Huffington Post, October 9, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307985&id=134626-30141796-mFyhmZx&t=3

4. “House passes bill to dismantle key parts of Obamacare,” USA Today, October 23, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307986&id=134626-30141796-mFyhmZx&t=4

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Planned Parenthood raided

Officials from Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s administration have raided Planned Parenthood health centers across the state, demanding the confidential records of women who visited the health centers, including ultrasound records.1 The news is especially alarming for a state with an extensive history of criminalizing abortion.

And the raids came just three days after Gov. Abbott announced that the state will end the one remaining source of government funding for Planned Parenthood—funding to provide health care for families earning less than 19 percent of the federal poverty level, or $3,760 for a family of three.2

In total, seven states have eliminated funding for Planned Parenthood since the summer.3 And the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a special budget bill to defund Planned Parenthood that cannot be blocked in the Senate using the filibuster, which is how we’ve stopped other bills attacking the organization.4

The attacks on Planned Parenthood are relentless. We did not budget for this big of a fight—and we need to keep fighting. Will you chip in $3 right now? 

Yes, I’ll chip in to help MoveOn fight to defend Planned Parenthood.

Here’s our plan to fight back: 

  • We’ll turn up the heat on vulnerable Republican senators running for re-election next year by holding events outside their in-state offices and running powerful social media campaigns targeting them for waging a war on women.  
  • We’ll run a hard-hitting media campaign to expose the attacks on Planned Parenthood for what they are: propaganda designed to close down health clinics and ban abortion. 
  • We’ll ramp up campaigns in the next set of states where Republicans are going after Planned Parenthood funding.

We simply cannot allow anti-abortion extremists to destroy an organization that helps so many people—or to roll back women’s rights and access to health care. Can you chip in $3 now to join MoveOn as we fight to save Planned Parenthood?

Click here to chip in and stand with Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is under an all-out assault. But our fighting back has made a huge difference, including helping stop bills to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate. Specifically:

  • I recently traveled to Washington, D.C., where I met in person with Senators Elizabeth Warren and Harry Reid to bring them 1.2 million signatures from MoveOn members and key partners supporting Planned Parenthood.  
  • We flooded Senate offices with 10,000 phone calls.
  • We ran ads highlighting how Planned Parenthood has helped individual MoveOn members. 
  • We partnered with Planned Parenthood to organize 138 rallies and other visibility events across the country on #PinkOut Day last month. 
  • And, on the state level, we supported numerous MoveOn members in leading petition campaigns and other organizing to stop their states from defunding Planned Parenthood.

Now, we need to show that attacking Planned Parenthood is a political loser and will cause vulnerable Republicans running for re-election next year to lose support among women. We know this strategy can work because Planned Parenthood is enormously popular. And we’ve used this strategy before and won: The Republican War on Women is a big reason why Todd Akin and Mitt Romney lost their elections in 2012.

We can beat back the worst attacks on Planned Parenthood, but we can’t do it without you. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to help MoveOn stand with Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Victoria, Bobby, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Texas Orders Health Clinics to Turn Over Patient Data,” The New York Times, October 23, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307983&id=134486-30141796-hVBjnux&t=1

2. “Texas Is Hell-Bent on Ending Reproductive Health Care Access for Poor Women,” Slate, October 19, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307984&id=134486-30141796-hVBjnux&t=2

3. “Planned Parenthood Probes Find No Wrongdoing, But The Damage Has Been Done,” The Huffington Post, October 9, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307985&id=134486-30141796-hVBjnux&t=3

4. “House passes bill to dismantle key parts of Obamacare,” USA Today, October 23, 2015

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=307986&id=134486-30141796-hVBjnux&t=4

 

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.

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