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  • Mar 28, 2015 03:20 PM
    Last: 6mo
    I am currently on SSDI. My husband was denied and is currently fighting that decision, especially since Department of Vocational Rehabilitation said they can't help him get a job (he is too disabled). Prior to my husband becoming disabled we had bought a house, the payments are $700 per month, then we have to pay for electricity, garbage, septic, and water. Our cars are fully paid for but are more than 10 years old. We have car insurance (mandatory in our state). We do qualify for and receive food stamps and medical assistance, but once he starts receiving SSDI (which will be who knows when since we have been fighting for the last 2 1/2 years, which is nothing compared to other people who have had to fight for 5-10 years before they got their disability payments.) We don't have enough money to pay for basics. I am allergic to many foods and chemicals. I have to eat a wheat-free, egg-free, lactose-free and many other foods that I am allergic to I must avoid. I have had success with eliminating my allergies through a technique called N.A.E.T, but it is expensive and I have not been able to continue treatments. I can't afford the medications I can take, I am allergic to many medications that are covered by Medicare/Kaiser Senior Advantage (Kaiser doesn't believe in alternate medical anything, natural medicines or new techniques). If we sell our house we won't qualify for low-income housing for up to 5 years. We live in a rural area, so rent was cheap until people from California discovered our little town and started to move here causing a rental rate increase, so now it is cheaper to keep my house, not that I could afford to move if I wanted to. Without rental assistance and food stamps, I don't know how people can possibly make it on the low amount given to us (I receive a higher than most who have responded here, as mine is $1100 per month plus we get food stamps). I get a small discount on all of my utilities, except septic, because of being disabled. I think if enough of us get together and petition the government for an increase in benefits and food stamp levels according to the actual cost of living they will (or not). Also, anytime a representative from our area is around (having town meetings), I try to attend and give her a piece of my mind (I have don't this many times).