No Job...No Insurance...What do you do????

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by AmieRock, Sep 3, 2002.

  1. AmieRock

    AmieRock New Member

    I'm curious as to what others do that aren't employed and have no health insurance.

    I've been in an on-again off-again flare (had fibro and cfids for over 10 years now) for the past 6 months and it's REALLY bad right now.

    I do have an MD that treats based on income but they absolutely refuse to treat anyone for 'long-term pain management' and won't give me anything at all for the pain or for the fibro or for the chronic fatigue. They insist on 'referring' me to a specialist (been there, done that) but where do you find a specialist that will treat you for a reduced (very reduced) amount????

    I'm at my wits end...it's getting to the point again that I can't even get out of bed hardly anymore.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Amie
  2. AmieRock

    AmieRock New Member

    I'm curious as to what others do that aren't employed and have no health insurance.

    I've been in an on-again off-again flare (had fibro and cfids for over 10 years now) for the past 6 months and it's REALLY bad right now.

    I do have an MD that treats based on income but they absolutely refuse to treat anyone for 'long-term pain management' and won't give me anything at all for the pain or for the fibro or for the chronic fatigue. They insist on 'referring' me to a specialist (been there, done that) but where do you find a specialist that will treat you for a reduced (very reduced) amount????

    I'm at my wits end...it's getting to the point again that I can't even get out of bed hardly anymore.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Amie
  3. Dawnt

    Dawnt Member

    I am single with no other source of income but my own which had ended with the onset of this. No insurance here either. I had to give my kids to my ex husband for him to care for because I could no longer do so. I had to move from florida to Minnesota because the resource for help in florida was low. I moved in with an Uncle and applied for government help. I've lost everything, except me. But my health care is provided for at no charge to me. I get a very small supplement a month and even food benefits. I just hope everyday that I either become healthy enough to go home or some miracle happens that I can survive on my own again. The best advice I can give you is take advantage of any resource available to you. I never thought that I could live on nothing and I've learned that possessions are just things. Your health and happiness are what are most important.
    Dawn
  4. Grams

    Grams New Member

    Amie, maybe you would qualify for Medicaid. I don't remember the criteria, but no/low income and no insurance should help towards qualifying.

    Gentle hugs and blessings...
  5. majic

    majic New Member

    call the vocational rehabilitation center and see what they can do for you. they will retrain you for work and help you get back to work. majic
  6. herblady

    herblady New Member

    listen to these people. they have some good advice. find out whatever social services are available and take advantage of every one that you can get. cindi
  7. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I am so sorry to hear all these sad stories, it does not seem fair.

    Take all the advice given to you here. There is help out there, you just need to find it. Don't stop trying, just stay on that phone till someone listens to you.

    Can't you get on disability? I know, from the stories I hear on the board its not easy, but its sure worth a try.

    I am so sorry you had to leave your home, that is so sad.

    Take care, and let us know how you are doing.

    Shalom, Shirl


    [This Message was Edited on 09/03/2002]
  8. catlady51

    catlady51 New Member

    Believe me, I know how frustrating this can be. I live in South Carolina and there are a number of agencies out there that may be able to help. Here two of our county hospitals in the area have a "compassionate care" program which will help you with doc visits and meds - contact your county hospital's financial aid department. Also, some counties have "free clinics" call your county health department for information. Hope these suggestions will help. Good luck and GOD BLESS.
    Lyn (CatLady)
  9. kadywill

    kadywill New Member

    To have to give up your home....to have to give your children up....to have to beg for medical care...this isn't right. I wish I had the money Oprah has..I'd be a philanthropist and gladly provide assistance for people like us. Right now, all I can do is pray and offer my emotional support to all my new friends here. If I ever win the lottery, I'll support our cause financially!!
    With love and very gentle embraces,
    Kady