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revamp these programs

These programs should be saved. The elderly should be able to get food stamps more than the young girls who are getting pregnant for the fun of it. Familines who are struggling to make it should have a better chance to get food stamps and hud . there ...
—Connie MS

Cancer at 34

I had colon cancer at 34 and fortunately was covered by an employer-sponsored health plan at the time.

However, my partner and I are both entrepreneurs, and until the ACA, it weighed heavily on us that my only option for future coverage was if one of ...


Gail is alright

I am on medicare, medicaid, food stamps. Being on medicaid and knowing the donut hole is going too close is a big help that I can thank the Affordable Care Act for.

unemployed for 9 mos.

I was laid off my job after 9 yrs of service and have been receiving unemployment benefits since April 2013. I am a single female with no additional income except Unemployment benefits without it I would not have been able to pay my mortgage, utilities, ...

Frustrated Mother

I am one of these statistics that had my unemployment stopped they refused to give me a third extension because of the cut off date aug 11th. They kept fiddling with my paperwork..I'm living below poverty can't pay rent or bills .. I try calling never ...


I have been disabled all my life and because my disabilities becoming more severe as life goes on I have been forced out of ßeveral jobs working in several parts of the disability field.It does not seem to matter that IS achieved 3 college degrees and ...
—Laura NY

My heart breaks

It is so sad to think about children

not having enough to eat, no heat,

nothing to look forward to. It breaks

my heart to know that there are

people who are able to help and just

will not. When I was growing up,

we lived on a farm. It was during the

depression. ...


greatly needed by many!

I am a highly skilled software engineer. With 30 years of experience, several articles and a book published, Vice President of an international corporation, and responsible for millions in P&L, I never thought I'd ever have an issue with employment, ...
—David AZ

Single parent with no financial assistance from father.

I am 72 years old and have raised my son and daughter since they were 11 and 15 with no financial help from their father. They have their college degrees but my son has some problems and can't seem to keep a job. I had to give up my last job because ...

I was just laid off

I work for the University of Minnesota Extension. I was just laid off from my position as a Nutrition Educator. The reason: The Farm Bill, did not pass.

For the first time in my life, I am looking at collecting unemployment. I never thought this would ...


Unemployed for a year!

I have been unemployed for a year, and struggling to find a job that will pay enough for us to support our family. I am so grateful for unemployment benefits, and mine officially run out in December. Please consider extending benefits for next year. ...

My Brother

My brother does not own a computer, therefore, I am his voice. His name is Gus, named after our father. He is 59 years old and have worked since he was 16. His last two jobs he worked 20 years be fore the closed down. Sept of 2012 was the first time he ...

Unexpected Unemployment

I was laid off my job in 2010 and temporarily received unemployment benefits. Before my layoff, I earned $72,000 per year. My unemployment benefit was approximately $350 per week. I was unable to make ends meet, lost my home, relocated out of state, and ...

Unemployed & Uninsured With Breast Cancer

I have been unemployed since February 2012 after working for my former employer for 33 years. I have not had any job offers. My unemployment ended in July, the same month that I received a letter of a problem with my mammogram. I was on Cobra which was ...

Unemployed 5 years

There are many people like me that unemployment benefits ran out and never found a job. I have looked for 5 years and still looking for a job, I type 90 wmp bilingual and over 50 years of secretarial skills. I had no choice but to file for my social ...

We need to be compassionate!

I have been affected by unemployment but more importantly, the state of Arizona offers such a ridiculous cap of $240 a week that you can hardly afford to live on that.

We need to be compassionate about people who are displaced. You never know when ...



I was raped and nearly beaten to death I can't work because I can't see out f an eye

Just me and my Angelita

I won the cosmic lottery when I adopted my amazing daughter 16 years ago from Guatemala. As a single woman I have been able to provide Angela and myself a modest but comfortable life in the Twin Cities. I have a doctorate in Public Health and have taught ...

What Will I do?

After 27 years of raising a family, building equity, paying taxes, contributing to charities my husband job was killed by automation. We have nothing left, no home, he was laid off from the job he got after one year unemployed and now we are living on ...

Doing the right thing gets you no where.

When I was laid off I received the maximum amount of unemployment benefits. However, the maximum amount of unemployment did not pay my bills, so when I found a part time job I took it to supplement my income while looking for a full time job. Because ...
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