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post #101 of 1296
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Originally Posted by eilonwy View Post
There are NO medicaid-accepting dentists within a three hour drive of us. Not one.

Its because they get paid so little. In the state of Washington they pay $18 to the dentist to do a cleaning. : If you are a dentist why would you accept that.

Shocking enough. I need a bunch of dental work done and am lacking the $$$ needed to spend on it. So I checked out the school of denistry at UW. OH MY GOSH they were almost as much as the private practice dentist but I do believe they will bill medicaid from what I read.
post #102 of 1296
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Originally Posted by eilonwy View Post
There are NO medicaid-accepting dentists within a three hour drive of us. Not one.
That's what really gets me about the whole medicaid thing! Either there are no drs. who take it, or the ones that do are crappy, or the good ones aren't taking new patients b/c medicaid takes their good ol' frickin time to pay! It/they still haven't paid bills from last Dec for my OB visits! But do I look like I can pay them? (Would I be on this thread if I could? Anyway, I'm just letting them fester until they decide to pay them. One of them finally went from $75 to $2. But I'm not paying the $2 until the others go down, too.

And with the gas prices I've seen, you'd pay as much to drive to a medicaid-accepting dentist as you would to pay the dentist yourself! :
post #103 of 1296
Medicare is just as bad.

I was doing my parent's finances last year when my mom was terminally ill. We have an awesome dr. for my parents. She adores my dad. Anyway she was coming to the resthome to see my mom and doing her exams there. Medicare paid $11.00. I was embarressed for medicare. My parents worked hard all there life my mom is dying and this is what they get??? $11 hardly covered the gas to drive across town.
post #104 of 1296
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Originally Posted by mrskennedy View Post
And with the gas prices I've seen, you'd pay as much to drive to a medicaid-accepting dentist as you would to pay the dentist yourself! :
And that's the real kicker. By the time we get there, we may as well have gone to the dentist that's 2 miles away and paid out of pocket. The gas, plus three kids who've been in a car for however long... : I don't know about yours, but my kids get weird when they spend hours in the car, even if they sleep.
post #105 of 1296
In Wisconsin the new WIC food brochure took effect Nov. 1 and runs until Oct. 31,2010. Not much was added here besides Kellogs Rice Krispies and all the grape nuts cereals. Perhaps a couple more cereals. They took out Glass bottled milk and we still cannot get organic.
We still cannot get "good" eggs although we can get brown.
Cheese stayed the same as did juices

Here, being poor is a risk factor. Not having enough money to get nutritious foods is a risk.
post #106 of 1296
We can get organic milk here. I love it because I get my WIC at one store that everytime I buy it, it prints me off a coupon for 1/2 gallons of organic milk buy one get the second 1 $3.00 off. So I can get a gallon of Organic milk for $3.00.
post #107 of 1296
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Originally Posted by mum4boys View Post
We can get organic milk here. I love it because I get my WIC at one store that everytime I buy it, it prints me off a coupon for 1/2 gallons of organic milk buy one get the second 1 $3.00 off. So I can get a gallon of Organic milk for $3.00.
That's extremely fortunate.
Here in CA no organics or free-range anything is allowed on WIC.
post #108 of 1296
I was refering to this: http://www.calwic.org/new_food.aspx when I mentioned the new foods for WIC.

they are adding tofu, soymilk, whole grains, etc.
post #109 of 1296
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
We're having a good day... I found a couple of very kind deals on DiaperSwappers to trade some of our old fitted diapers for covers for DS, and borrowed a whole bunch of 3T clothes from my friend Heidi, whose kid just did the same growth spurt from 3T to 4T. I feel like I dodged a bullet!

Thystle I missed your post before, but we're expecting a little boy and could really use any extra newborn clothes you might have that need a home. I have saved everything in all the other sizes, but when I was packing away 0-3 and 3-6 I was still in the "OMG, I'm never having another kid, EVER!" PPD phase and didn't save as much as I should have.

Sonrissa We'd absolutely be interested in any information you know of about rural PAs and loan forgiveness. Our 'Plan' (hatched back when we were graduating, before we found out we had a surprise on the way) was to both work and live frugally (you know, without any broken teeth or dying cars, right?), pay down our loans, and then pay off a mortgage on some land in the country and save to build our own strawbale, energy-efficient house. So working rurally would be ideal for us. DH is meeting with the PA Program advisors this week, and checking out what he'd have to do to be admitted (his grades weren't great during his BA, since this was pre-medication) and what the costs would be, so I'll have him ask them as well.
Heres the info on National Health Service Corps.

What's your husbands major in btw?
post #110 of 1296
Jumping back in now! You guys are so fast!!!! We are on wic and I think they wrote down Lulu's risk factor as prematurity(even though she's nearing 3) and anemia(though this past time her iron was fine) and mine is obviously the pregnancy. WIC helps SO much! It really really does. I dont' know what I would do without the help just for the cereal and cheese alone. Would I like organic??? Absolutely. But I'll take free cheese any day of the week since I can't afford it on my own. We aren't allowed any organics or free range or whatever here. But my wic ladies are pretty great in modifying our checks to meet our needs and working me into the appt for a re-cert when I have to cancel due to work. Also, they gave out hats and mittens last year.
Before I forget, SOMEONE REMIND ME TO CALL TO GET AN APP FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!! We are freezing! Up here in the Northeast, we are getting the remnants of that hurricane and the wind is HOWLING and super cold and it's been raining all day. Ick. Thank god I dont' have to work until later tomrorow evening. My dishes are piling up in the sink, we are seriously needing to run a diaper laundry, and the general state of things is not good! My house looks like a bomb went off.
post #111 of 1296
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post
Jumping back in now! You guys are so fast!!!! We are on wic and I think they wrote down Lulu's risk factor as prematurity(even though she's nearing 3) and anemia(though this past time her iron was fine) and mine is obviously the pregnancy. WIC helps SO much! It really really does. I dont' know what I would do without the help just for the cereal and cheese alone. Would I like organic??? Absolutely. But I'll take free cheese any day of the week since I can't afford it on my own. We aren't allowed any organics or free range or whatever here. But my wic ladies are pretty great in modifying our checks to meet our needs and working me into the appt for a re-cert when I have to cancel due to work. Also, they gave out hats and mittens last year.
Before I forget, SOMEONE REMIND ME TO CALL TO GET AN APP FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE MONDAY!!!!!!!!!!! We are freezing! Up here in the Northeast, we are getting the remnants of that hurricane and the wind is HOWLING and super cold and it's been raining all day. Ick. Thank god I dont' have to work until later tomrorow evening. My dishes are piling up in the sink, we are seriously needing to run a diaper laundry, and the general state of things is not good! My house looks like a bomb went off.
Yes my house looks like that too and I often wish my cat could learn how to do housework while I was away at work.
post #112 of 1296
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Originally Posted by eilonwy View Post
There are NO medicaid-accepting dentists within a three hour drive of us. Not one.
None of the dentists take the HMO plans that medicaid gives? I don't know about straight medicaid, but with the hmo, there were tons available, including 6 ped dentists in my area.

What part of the state do you live in, maybe I can help locate one closer to you?

I am in the philly 5 county area, and with the hmo, I have not ever had trouble finding drs that took the plan, or any hassle with getting things paid. Maybe it's different in different parts of the state.
post #113 of 1296
thanks everyone for the hugs.

I'm thankful for:

wic/foodstamps just got tons of fresh fuits and veggies and can't wait for a salad tomorrow!

my mom and sister

my future...I have an amazing journey ahead of me that is going to change everything as I know it...and I think that can be good.

Can I add another? I have lost just over 26 pounds since my dd was born...I am under 300!! yay! And so motivated to keep it up.
post #114 of 1296
I had a sucess yesterday - went to a free baby shower event hosted by a local hospital. Free BBQ lunch for me and DD, and they had a ton of agencies set up there, including the local water companmy for their affordibility discount program.

I'm now all signed up - $8.40 discount off every water bill for the next year!!! Thats $100.80 off in a year {which is like not paying 2 months water bill!}:

and I may have found another place to try for getting my daughter's supplemental formula {WIC covers, but won't kick in for it until the 14th, and we are out} free - turns out one of the special needs children agencies runs a food bank with formulas like those! And we quailify on the basis of DD's food allergies alone!

Monday I get to go sit all day at DHS for my food stamps, and a temp medicaid card for DD so we can go do her lead testing.
post #115 of 1296
good morning mamas! just checking in!

Justmama.....where are you in the NE? we're neighbors....well, we experienced the same storm anyway. And, yup, its cold!

mum4boys, no......GLUTEN FREE PANTRY!!!! didn't bother to return my email. I really love their bread, but there are others. I would be okay with out a replacement, but no acknowledgement (combined with the dismissive phone call) is too much. I re-sent the original email, and may print it out to send to the corporate office. They really need to be responsible for the lack of a usable product, not me. Until I get an appropriate acknowledgement I think the story is a fine one for all the Celiac sites I frequent. whole big fish/little fish thing KWIM?

gratitude list for the day
1. dd comes home from her weekend with her father.....i missed her horribly
2. my friend Heather, she gets it
3. a sunny windy day to hang laundry on the line (twice the washing if I don't need to pay for drying, plus the yummy smell!)

i want to put down a couple of wishes for my day
1. i hope that someone freecycles me a space heater
2. i wish for inexpensive fruits and veggies at the market
3. free or cheap bulky weight yarn---should post that on freecycle as well

and mamamoo...amazing!!! 26 pounds is a great place to start! You should be very happy with yourself!
post #116 of 1296
Yeah Mamamoo! WTG!
post #117 of 1296
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Originally Posted by eilonwy View Post
And that's the real kicker. By the time we get there, we may as well have gone to the dentist that's 2 miles away and paid out of pocket. The gas, plus three kids who've been in a car for however long... : I don't know about yours, but my kids get weird when they spend hours in the car, even if they sleep.
: and I get a little weird myself being in the car too long!
post #118 of 1296
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Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
good morning mamas! just checking in!

Justmama.....where are you in the NE? we're neighbors....well, we experienced the same storm anyway. And, yup, its cold!

mum4boys, no......GLUTEN FREE PANTRY!!!! didn't bother to return my email. I really love their bread, but there are others. I would be okay with out a replacement, but no acknowledgement (combined with the dismissive phone call) is too much. I re-sent the original email, and may print it out to send to the corporate office. They really need to be responsible for the lack of a usable product, not me. Until I get an appropriate acknowledgement I think the story is a fine one for all the Celiac sites I frequent. whole big fish/little fish thing KWIM?

gratitude list for the day
1. dd comes home from her weekend with her father.....i missed her horribly
2. my friend Heather, she gets it
3. a sunny windy day to hang laundry on the line (twice the washing if I don't need to pay for drying, plus the yummy smell!)

i want to put down a couple of wishes for my day
1. i hope that someone freecycles me a space heater
2. i wish for inexpensive fruits and veggies at the market
3. free or cheap bulky weight yarn---should post that on freecycle as well

and mamamoo...amazing!!! 26 pounds is a great place to start! You should be very happy with yourself!
We are in RI. And yeah, it's freezing here. Last night was so rainy and windy and cold and being pregnant and "low income" I have just one warm shirt to wear and it didn't get enough time hung up on the line downstairs so it was still wet and MAN was I cold. My car said 47degrees last night when I picked up the kids from their dad's house. Thank goodness I knit so mittens and hats for everyone!!!! If you need some yarn I've got some I could send you. I sometimes trade people yarn for my knitting skills so I have a few skeins I would be able to pass on your way. Just PM me!
sonrisaa29 I wish my cat would learn to do the housework as well but he seems uninterested thus far. though he does attack me for food the second I walk in the door.
post #119 of 1296
Ok back on now.

I have newborn - 12 months baby boy stuff, and random 12-36 month stuff my guy can't wear. I may have a few 2T-4T's left.

(There might be a few things for girls left, as I buy for several friends and give to them).



I will try to be fair and divvy it up. You all need to PM me with an addy and I guess I will just try to divide and first come first serve?

In order of posting:

natural_mama89... wants newborn CD's


sonrisaa29... little boy, possibly... what size do you need?


mrskennedy
... 9-12 month sleepers and winter clothes.


Belleweather... 0-3 and 3-6 mo baby clothes (I assume winter-spring?)


s_kristina... boy's 3T shirts and pants (you can buy denim and corduroy clothing at the thrift and then cut it apart to make little girl stuff )


Did I miss anyone?????
post #120 of 1296
mamamoo... what ages are the two boys that have bday's?

I might be able to help with that too.
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