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I found out today that I don't make enough to qualify for the state children's health insurance program, making it the first time I've actually been too poor for low-income aid. After explaining my situation to two different people on the phone this morning, they told me to apply for Medicaid. It's somewhat depressing to apply for Medicaid, but Laurel's eyes aren't going to be fixed by patching alone and there's no court order mandating that Himself help with her costs (there should be after the court grants our divorce, but who knows when that will happen), so it's up to me to find ways to help with the cost of eye muscle surgery. It's been two years since she had a well-child checkup anyway, so Medicaid's a good choice for her now.

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In better news, the Cub Scout pack meeting tonight went well. I'm starting to enjoy the different vibe from the younger Scouts and touched base after the meeting with last year's second-year Webelos den leader to get an idea of what the boys should be working on and how I can contribute more to the den. We agreed that since the den already has an assistant den leader, they could probably best tap my experience as a den chief until we receive one from a local troop. (The position is usually filled by a Boy Scout.) We then talked with the current den leader, who seemed a little miffed that I engaged a third party, but tapping someone who knows how to phrase questions to get the information I need is incredibly helpful.

That conversation helped me learn that the boys haven't earned their Whittling Chip cards, which are required for Cub Scouts to carry and use a pocketknife at certain Scout functions, so I was able to offer to teach that at an upcoming den meeting. This is a win-win situation: the boys will have a head start with basic knife skills if they choose to move on to Boy Scouts and I'll be able to contribute more than being a warm adult body at den meetings. I also learned they have virtually no outdoor cooking skills yet, so I'm even more grateful that the package of Scouting loot my folks sent included my outdoor cooking binder and patrol cooking worksheets that my brother's troop used.

I also ordered my Class B uniform shirt (aka the pack/troop t-shirt) tonight. You can giggle at pictures of me in it after it comes in.

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popcornoblivion
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
Do post uniform pics. ;) If you do, I'll post a pic of me in a Welsh Boy Scout uniform that Khoe Dhee somehow obtained when he worked at Camp Lumpkin in Georgia the summer that we met.
rainingvodka
Sep. 23rd, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)
ohhhhh. a chica in uniform. sechy!

good luck with the medicaid. i've been sans insurance myself since getting out and i've been lucky to be health and such despite my declining years.
spasmsproject
Sep. 23rd, 2005 10:45 am (UTC)
Try going to Social Services and seeing what they can do. They can often circumvent the courts in cases where the child is under 12.

Option #2: Go back to the pediatric opthalmologist and ask if his office can help expedite the Medicaid application. Sometimes they can do that.

Option #3: Talk to Laurel's school. The social worker there might be able to help you out, too.

*hugs all around*
ekdogg
Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
"It's somewhat depressing to apply for Medicaid, but Laurel's eyes aren't going to be fixed by patching alone "

This is what Medicaid is for ... things will turn around and you won't have to worry, but until then, do what you can.

One the cub scouts - I got kicked out of cub scouts .... for eating a brownie.
revme
Sep. 23rd, 2005 03:58 pm (UTC)
That really strikes me as baffling about the Not Making Enough. Why would they do that?
oddharmonic
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC)
Because the children's health insurance program is designed to bridge the gap between families that make too much to be eligible for Medicaid but not enough to afford health insurance for their children.
revme
Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK, that actually kind of makes sense then; it's more of a load-bearing program, kinda.
colleend
Sep. 24th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
we had medicaid when i was pregnant w/ cailin and cailin is still eligible. It was SO hard to suck up my pride and accept the help, but it was worth it in the end. We got into a program w/ the state where they reimbursed us for my insurance premiums at work, and then covered whatever our insurance didn't cover. It was excellent. We tried to enroll the whole family after Cailin was born, just for that little bit of extra help until we got settled financially. Programs like that are in place for people like us...it's not like you're going to abuse it, or plan on being dependant on it forever. I learned that there is no shame in asking for help when it's needed.
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