Tell It Slant Tuesday ~ SURVIVORS BEWARE! MEDI-CAL is a Death Sentence for SSA-DI Retired California Workers forcing them into POVERTY

To be living, growing, changing beings in a living, growing, changing Universe opens a larger, more dynamic sense of relationship, to each other and the world, as we journey through the depth and surface of life. To find our way, alone and together, is the purpose of spiritual friendship. All we can do is hold each other up in the journey of becoming who we are, while sharing our experience of the mysterious Unity of Life.”  Mark Nepo

Before it is too late….

It is time for California MEDI-CAL ADMINISTRATORS to STOP TAKING FUNDS FROM SSA Retired Workers DI RETURNING FUNDS BACK TO THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS. No person on SSA-DI should be living in poverty or even at the Supplemental Poverty Level because SSA-DI paid into the FICA program.  Please join us in the campaign to STOP FUNDING SSP grants  and the cost of living adjustment using SSA-DI Funds .  SSA-DI Workers need  Food Stamp programs because their benefit income based on SSI/SSP in California has been used against them.

Since January 2009, the SSI/SSP grant of $907 a month was worth 100.5 percent of the federal poverty level for a single individual. Since then, SSP grants were repeatedly cut, while no cost of living adjustments (COLA) were provided. Individual SSI/SSP grants are now worth just 90.7 percent of the federal poverty level, but if these cuts had not occurred, the grants would be worth 106.7 percent of the federal poverty level (California Budget Project). These cuts have pushed more than 1 million people below the federal poverty level. This is a significant reason why we have seen our poverty rate skyrocket to the nation’s highest, according to the Census Bureau’s Supplemental Poverty Measure.  Retired workers should not be supporting workers who have never worked and can’t afford to live on the SSI income.

These cuts are being felt statewide, and have caused irreparable damage to Survivors who are forced to live on their earned income amount as well as participate in the Share of Cost program giving the County folks yet another opportunity to take from SSA-DI Annuity, Inheritance as Unearned Income as well as any other savings plan or life insurance to support a program that is literally taking the food and health care benefits out of the mouths of  US Retired workers.  These cuts come at a high cost to communities across the state, by forcing SSI/SSP recipients to rely on emergency public services and private networks to meet food, shelter, and health needs which is also funded by SSA Retired Workers.  This has got to STOP!  If future Retired Workers do not stop the California MEDI-CAL General Fund Administrators and Law Makers to stop funding SSI programs with SSA funds otherwise their will not be enough to survive on.  Please show up and show out at the polls to stop these politicians from making themselves look good by continuing to take from the Middle Class who has and continues to support our country.  Peace Out!  iSurvivor Chick

Published by Jan Marie ("JM")

I love to take culinary, yoga philosophy and acoustic snapshots of the spaces that have filled my life. Jazz has functioned as a communal bond, ritual and form of social interaction. It has become more than just sounds. It has become a way of living in this world. Jazz has never been about music, it is the touchstone of modern cultural imagination, archiving mythical images and an aesthetic paradigm for new modes of writing, seeing, hearing and moving. I like to use the improvisational elements experienced for a different creative literary tapestry that uses all sensory input. Improvisation is the willingness to connect to every aspect of life. Jazz Imitates life through self expression and improvisation. When I was 18, my dad arranged for me to work as a research/ writer intern on an ABC-TV Emmy-winning television documentary special on Jazz Music in 1972. I was assigned segments that focused on Big Band sound and Bebop. I discovered that the jazz tradition has stood up against the backdrop of racial strife, language, class and gender issues which is defined in literature and criticism for over 75 years in America. I have always had a fascination with creating works that would allow me to blend sound with words and abstract art. It is my desire to create a mosaic sensory experience using imagination, culinary, audio and visual experiences that are filled with the richness of childhood memories that shaped and inspired my thoughts.

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