- Posted August 8, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Persistence Pays Off
This past Sunday I wrote about my frustration with the government in applying for assistance and its impact on my coping with the current economic climate in a post I wrote for my Inside My Mind blog, with the title of "Keep Hope Alive". Today I have an update to that article.
On Monday I filled out the form and mailed it off to appeal the denial of assistance that I had sought for my nearly $5,000 in medical bills of which being on Social Security I have no way to pay. This all goes back to my 3-week hospital stay and surgery the end of March and first of April. I had learned on Saturday that I had been denied for assistance.
Last night in my frustration, which was growing, I decided to shoot off emails to Governor Mitch Daniels, State Senator John Waterman and State Representative Bruce Borders. I included a link to both my blog post as well as to my CNN iReport expressing my frustration.
About a half hour ago, Iohn's phone rang. It was the Department of Family and Social Services. Apparently, the emails made a difference or maybe it was the blog or iReport. The assistance has been approved and retroactive back to February 1 of this year.
While I'm far from being out of the woods, at least some of the pressure is being relieved. This also means that I should be able to resolve the dental issue which has been cited as the cause for the loss of my right lung and threatens my left lung.
I was shocked, however, at the speed and quick resolution. The appeals form was received and a hearing has been scheduled. Now, however, the hearing is no longer needed as the whole issue was resolved and approved on the spot.
From the Cornfield, just when faith is almost extinguished, hope breaks through.
Though I don't have "official" acknowledgement, it is apparent the emails worked.
Thank you Governor Daniels, Senator Waterman and Representative Borders.