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Loss of State Funding

When I got my job at Premera Blue Cross I was soooo excited. It was (and is) an amazing job. Unfortunately, at $14 and w/ only ONE child, I made too much to receive any further state benefits. Luckily - Premera Blue Cross was willing to work w/ me to reduce my hours to 36 per week so that I could continue to participate in the state childcare assistance program. Well, when it came time for them to do the quarterly check on income it turned out I made on average $6 - yes SIX DOLLARS - too much and they were cutting my funding. I received the notification on December 23rd. Of course - this is too late in the month to notify Section 8 that on January 1 my daycare expenses are going from $338/mo to $750/mo. Awesome, huh? So then I was left feeling horrible about the gifts I had just purchased for my son and family. On top of having to figure out how I was going to come up with all that money. There should be rules against doing that to people. It should have been effective the first day of the following month if they were going to notify me that late in the month. Then I could have coordinated with Everett Housing and had my rent adjusted. Something. As a single mother it was a very hard time. But - as with everything, I powered through it. What upsets me more, though, is that it felt like I was being punished for making my life better.

—Ann Washington
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