I got Twenty on Ben's Medicaid Deductible
$1,950 raised
103% of $1.9k goal
32 contributors
4 Years running

This is an elite group. If you've been invited to join this group, you've remained close to a strong man in a hard fix. Anyone who knows Ben knows how hard he fights to keep out of the hospital. In a better world, that fight would be between him and his body, but in this fallen world, it's also between him and money.

With the help of his faithful community, and his own dogged ability to take care of business, he's fought that fight well. Over and above the brutal business of willpowering his body through the first gastroparesis related hospital stays, he got to his feet afterwards and made sure he took care of the debts that left him with. He did not, of course, do this alone. Only those who helped him know the full extent of the effort that took. But Ben did take steps to get himself back to the point where he could stand alone as quickly as possible. After a long, involved benefits chess game, it looked like he was there. But a disturbing bit of news has come down the pipeline.
I was sitting and talking with him this afternoon when news came that his Medicaid carries a deductible of slightly over $1,900--which he's currently being charged.

"Yeah, but that's only on months when you go to the hospital." But what he had to say in reply brought the truth home:

"Yeah… that's not too much pressure…" he muttered.

That doesn't seem fair to me. We can't really help Ben with the core of this suffering, but, surely, between all of us, we can take this new economic pressure off. If eighty of us link up, it only takes $20 a piece. After seeing what it takes to put Ben in the hospital, and what those trips cost him, I can't even personally imagine not being willing to gamble twenty bucks once a month to release him from some small measure of the pain.

I'll be posting a link to a paypal account on this group, and by joining it one takes a simple pledge: to keep a lookout for updates on Ben's health situation, either via personal contact with him or the already familiar information source group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/199166750209362/?ref=ts&fref=ts. If you see that he's headed into the hospital, the deductible bill is inevitably to follow. He won't hit you up about it, but he shouldn't have to. He wouldn't; he's too strong and proud. Just go to the paypal account and drop twenty bucks in. If we can get 80 in this group, and we all do our part, then that problem's gone. And Ben can focus on his body instead of dollar signs like he needs to.

~Solomon Schneider, March 14, 2013

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