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For Some Boston Marathon Bombing Victims, Charity Checks Bring Frustration

Health & Wellness  (tags: Boston marathon bombing, survivors, health, ethics, sadness, rights, safety, society, healthcare, medicine, treatment )

- 1741 days ago -
Months after the Boston Marathon bombing, J.P. Norden is still recovering from losing his leg, but he can't cash a $1.2 million check provided to survivors because he would lose his state health insurance for the poor.

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Peggy A (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:04 pm
How wrong.

Eternal G (745)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:38 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:28 pm

Jerry B (128)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:29 pm
Noted terrible..thanks Carrie!

Sheila D (194)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:30 pm
Fact of life for those on any kind of state or federal aid - ANY money you get has to go to that state or federal agency or you will be cut off and not be able to reapply until a specified length of time has passed. Say you get $1000 check and monthly your aid adds up to $300. This means you couldn't reapply for aid until 4 months have passed - when they round up or down, it's always to their advantage. Then, of course, there's SNAP and rent assistence, they do the same figuring...this is very simplified but shows that any money gained, even through employment, is taken from you, unless specified by Congress as untouchable.
If working, in MN, you're allowed to keep the first $75, after that you have the choice to go off aid programs or turn all the remaining money over. This even applies to social security. Get this, they use Gross wages, not net, for the amount to take or cut from your monthly aid and SNAP, and by how much your rent will increase.

Jason S (50)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:00 pm
Good posting, thanks

Janice P (5)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:16 pm
They should talk to a good lawyer and investment adviser about appropriately investing the money so that it pays out to them for the rest of their lives.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:50 pm

Thanks Carrie.

Carrie B (306)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:57 pm
And so they will continue to suffer needlessly.

Patricia H. (440)
Monday September 16, 2013, 8:15 pm
sadly noted

. (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:22 am
That's too bad. I hope they get their problems worked out.

Nancy M (169)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 3:28 pm
And I had read somewhere that some of their insurances is not covering these injuries.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 7:21 pm
Very true what Ggma Sheila writes and what few people realize until they are in the position. Having worked for the State programs a good many years I'm aware of this fact. I always thought unfair was the gross wages being used.

Sumit j (9)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:13 pm
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