I was diagnosed with type one diabetes in october of 2009 but have continued to work since then. I live in pennsylvania and have always been eligible for something called workers with disabilites program which gave me state health insurance for a monthly premium that i could actually afford based on my income. i don't have a college degree and usually make a little more than minimum wage so my premium is usually $35 and i dont have to worry about copays more than $1.
i gave birth to my son in may of 2012. i did return to work but eventually had to quit due to not being able to afford daycare. my case worker sent me paperwork to fill out to keep my health insurance. one paper was an employability form. i thought that my case worker wanted me to sign up for disability, which i didnt understand because i am not interested in receiving ssi checks. therefore i filled out the paperwork with a clear cut "yes i can work"
because i do not consider myself as disabled to the point where i need monthly ssi checks, the government has now denied me health insurance. i explained to my case worker that i need medication every month to simply stay alive and without inurance there is no way i can afford it! she literally said, "sorry, unfortunately you are not eligible for assistance."
so what am i supposed to do?? die?!?! im so upset right now and honestly have no idea what to do! i dont work because i take care of my son full time. im not being a lazy bum trying to leech the system. im just trying to get my necessary medications. and i filled out the employability form with good faith. i wasnt going to lie and say i felt like i 100% couldnt work because i have diabetes.
im beyond upset and am quite honestly very scared right now. has anyone ever had these troubles? what can i do? do i even have any other options?
this doesnt seem right =(
i dont undertsand how/why the government wont help! am i or my case worker missing something?