An Ohio woman came back from a coma to find out she was off social welfare because she did not announce authorities about being in a coma. Kimberly Thompson, aged 43, received this news through a letter. The document informed her, while still hospitalized, that she was no longer entitled to cash in social benefits.
Those who legally represent the needy in Ohio say that circumstances like Thompson’s are not unique as a three year-old pressure to force strict work prerequisites on state welfare and sustenance stamp beneficiaries has prompted a huge number of families losing help.
Those who fight against poverty say that even as the state is moving to reinforce a medical safety net through Medicaid development has significantly sliced its welfare moves since 2011.
This led to a system contraction of about 30,000 cases in the last four fears, the number of those being socially assisted now is only 60,000. Out of this figure, most of the beneficiaries are youngsters who frequently live with grandparents.
Packing boxes in warehouses in Columbus for ten years, Thompson had a wage of $10 or $12 per hour. She shared a trailer with her teenage daughter and a relative. The woman experienced a hysterectomy last May and after that she had to let go of the physically challenging job. She requested Medicaid, welfare and sustenance stamps while entering a PC repairs employment training.
Just a month after that, due to a poorly treated infection she got from her last medical intervention she entered into a therapeutically induced coma because her organs were shutting down. The coma period lasted for a month.
When she eventually woke up, the social benefits that were granted to her through Ohio Works First program were gone. All the benefits mounted to about 700 dollars per month.
Apparently, she had been cut off because she had neglected to finish the required work training for the receipt of government aid.
Though Thompson announced via telephone the Franklin County, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services that she was hospitalized, she did not manage to get the paperwork there, to confirm her hospitalization.
As a result of losing her cash flow, Thompson had to temporarily let go of her daughter who is, for the time being living with her father.
Under government welfare laws, no less than 50 percent of single-folks selected in the Temporary Aid to Needy Families program must have a job or be occupied with instruction or employment preparing. If states don’t obey, they are fined by the federal government. In 2011, Ohio was in this very position. Starting with 2008 the state did not manage to comply with federal rates and less than half of welfare beneficiaries had some sort of work activity. As a result Washington tried to fine Ohio with $1.3 million.