By Jeff Klein, Executive Director
Dan is 56, disabled and on Medicare. Carla, his wife is 34 and is also disabled. Carla had no insurance and hadn’t been able to see a doctor for over two years for her mental health issues. When she married Dan two years ago, she lost her SSI because his disability benefits put them just over the income limit for her to qualify for supplemental income through Social Security.
They came to Sound Outreach looking for Health Insurance for Carla.They left with Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage for Carla which allowed her to get an appointment with a mental health counselor.
We helped them to apply for food benefits and they qualified for $159 per month beginning immediately. We applied for the Medical Savings Program, saving the husband his Medicare Premium payment of $104.90 that was being taken out of his $1,455 check each month.
Visiting our office netted them an additional $263 per month and helped them to gain access to essential medical services for both of them.
We also applied for Extra Help, a federal program that assists with prescription drug coverage, Dan, who is disabled with lung disease, had not been able to afford the medication he needed. Now, he will be able to qualify for insurance that will cover his drug costs and cap his co-pays when he fills his prescriptions at a low cost. We are still working with Dan to find him a no-premium supplemental plan to cover some of the costs Medicare does not cover, but we hope to be able to navigate him through that process providing some peace of mind and some extra money to go towards savings.
Finally, Dan and Carla qualified for utility assistance through the WARM Fund from The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, which paid $200 toward their electricity bill.
These sorts of things make you feel good about getting up each day to fight the good fight, and we can’t do this kind of work without your support. Thank you.