Well, I had my Social Security appeal hearing this afternoon.
The short version is I’m now a ward of the State. They accepted my appeal and found in my favor. This means Social Security will pay about 60% of my current stipend, and the remaining 40% will continue to come from my private insurance carrier. So my income, while less than exorbitant (basically poverty level), will remain stable.
And I’ll get Medicare. And, if I get well enough to work, I can make a small income and not have the benefit cancelled.
This will all get reviewed in three years, and if things have improved, I’ll be taken off the dole. Or not.
Such is the way of public bureaucracies.
At least, it appears I’ll be able to keep my home, something I’ve been worrying about for some time now.
The libertarian in me finds all this revolting, but my private insurance made me apply. Such, too, is the nature of private bureaucracies.
Thanks to all of you for your support. gfa